January 9th, 2005



Well, maybe not so “frequently.” And maybe not “asked,” exactly. But they are questions.

1) Why do you call yourself “neo-neocon?”

See here.

2) Why are you anonymous?

See here.

3) What’s up with that green Granny Smith apple you’re holding in front of your face in your photo?

The apple is meant to be a reference to this painting by Rene Magritte. According to UCSF, the painting was “the closest he was willing to come to answer a request for a self portrait. That tells us how little this marvelous artist cared for self-promotion and publicity, even though he was delighted to sell his work widely.” Well, I may not be a “marvelous artist,” but I share the desire to maintain my privacy while simultaneously wishing to have my work read. I also happen to like the color of the apple, although I couldn’t find one with a similar stem and leaves, and I couldn’t get it to float in front of my face the way his does. Bummer. I also decided to dispense with the bowler hat and the overcoat.

4) Are you a practicing therapist?

As I wrote in my profile, I have a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the interests of clarity, I want to add that I am not at present practicing as a therapist. When I began this blog I had tentative plans to open a private practice, but I’ve been concentrating on my writing and free-lance editing instead.

5) What is your e-mail address?

It’s also in my blogger profile: jaybean33@yahoo.com.

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Previously a lifelong Democrat, born in New York and living in New England, surrounded by liberals on all sides, I've found myself slowly but surely leaving the fold and becoming that dread thing: a neocon.

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