by Jas Faulkner
writer’s note: I had planned this really great photo essay about bookstore dogs and cats. Then I started to upload my pictures and my CF card failed. While I was at Geek Squad trying to get my pictures, the nice young man who corrects all of my technical SNAFUS asked me if I’d heard about Paula Deen. I’m rather fond of this kid, as he hails from Detroit and we have a favorite hockey team in common, so I let it slide that he would think I cared one whit about the doings of La Deen.
I went back home to find a stack of galleys waiting for me. On the top of the pile was a new account of the American Civil War as told by a Dominionist historian. Doing a little research, I found that he’s part of a group of people who envision a rather scrubbed version of mid-Nineteenth Century America. He, and many people like him (and like our Paula Deen) find 2013 lacking and wish to go back to a simpler time, a time when there was little pushback at the social hierarchy, a time when they could be gentlepeople of refinement and leisure.