Les Pages aux Folles
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Welcome to Les Pages aux Folles, a collection of satirical writings and comedic doodles. The most recently written articles can be found in the New section; two or three will appear each Sunday. I now also rotate two cartoons (My Toronto and/or Delicate Negotiations); while the latest will appear on this page every Sunday, recent cartoons can be found on the appropriate pages in the New section. Collections of older material (currently numbering 36: 28 books of prose and eight of cartoons) appear in the Archive.Enjoy,
WARNING: This Web site contains words, images or concepts that may be offensive to some.
Sulky? I'm Not Sulky! Sulk You, Man - I'm Outta Here!
If you notice a little sulkiness in Les Pages aux Folles, it is because the Web site turns 15 this month! That's right! It has now entered what people who study online communication refer to as "the difficult years." So, yes, Les Pages aux Folles stay out past curfew, raid the fridge when it gets home and glare at you as if daring you to say anything. But, in its defense, you were probably like that when you were its age, so try to to have some sympathy for the poor dear.
Subtle Self-promotion is Equated With a Good Idea at Les Pages aux Folles!
If you read a book by a small press or self-published author that you really enjoy let the world know! Blog about it. Post reviews to Amazon, Goodreads or the like. Mention it to your social networks. Small press and self-published authors live and die by word of mouth, and your friends would probably be grateful to find a good book by a new writer. Everybody wins!
This Week's New Columns
But, kittens. Cute, adorable kittens. Millions of them. On our platform. Kittens in rows. Kittens with bows. Kittens balancing treats on their nose.
BAMSHITSHOTSHUTSHE: We don't - we don't talk like that to each other in New Hampshirecticut!
It's Donald Trump's World - We Just Rent Rooms In It
The debt ceiling? Well, that's a whole nother kettle o' haggis.
Other Things Worth Knowing
READING IS SEXY!
You know it. I know it. Because they're cool, most of our friends know it. READING IS SEXY! Unfortunately, in these anti-intellectual times, when knowledge is treated by so many people like a communicable disease that has no social cachet, many people need to be reminded of this simple fact. So, if you have a moment, please go to the Authors Believe READING IS SEXY Facebook page. Tell us why you think reading is sexy. If you're ambitious, have a friend take a picture of you reading your favourite book and post it to the page. And, of course, let other people know what is obvious to so many of us: READING IS SEXY!
Your Immortality Is Ensured! Sorta... More Or Less...
Ask Amritsar and Ask the Tech Answer Guy, the two advice columns produced by the Alternate Reality News Service, are now a weekly feature of Les Pages aux Folles. I'm not sure how this is going to work out, but it's nice to see the Web site continue to evolve. Now that the advice columns are a regular feature, I need reader input more than ever! If you have a grave concern or a passing wonderment that you think one of our advice columnists can answer, I want to hear from you. Simply submit your own questions to: email@example.com. It's your shot at immortality! And, it's my chance to fill another 700 word column!
As always, all praise to Gisela McKay of Pixcode for her assistance with Les Pages aux Folles since its inception. Not only has she donated space on her server for me to park the Web site, but she has withstood an onslaught of newbie questions that would have made a lesser woman run away screaming (not an uncommon reaction to me, I must admit). This Web site would not have been possible without her. Gisela is, truly, a tech goddess.
Welcome, Science Fiction Fans!
What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys, Luna for the Lunies!, The Street Finds its Own Uses for Mutant Technologies and The Alternate Reality News Service's Guide to Love, Sex and Robots in the Archive Section, as well as a new Alternate Reality News story every week in the New Section. They are clearly marked [ARNS] for easy identification. And, please feel to browse through the other writing, cartoons and miscellaneous oddments - you never know what you might enjoy!
Welcome Back My Friednishes To The Show That Never EdnishesI now have a Facebook author/fan/whatever you want to call it page: Ira Nayman's Thrishty Friednishes. Go, look around, like it if you feel so inclined and feel free to leave a comment. I have only just started it, so it may be a little sparse at the moment, but I will add content based on what people post they would like to see. Within reason.
Would you be interested in immortality?
technology and anything except love and sex. It's a thing with him. Don't ask. ARNS is now soliciting questions for these advice columns from readers. That means you! If, after reading any of the columns, you are inspired to write a question of your own, please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org! (Without the exclamation mark, because that would just be rude.) If your question is selected, your name and a link to your Web site will be posted on this Web site, which, at almost 14 years old, may not exactly be immortal, but is pretty darned long-lived. So, okay, maybe we oversold it a bit. But, what the heck? Have fun with it. We look forward to reading your questions!