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09/06/2003 Archived Entry: "Searching for Patty Neill"

"I WANT TO POST AN ARCHIVE OF PATTY NEILL'S WRITINGS." So said the great hunter to me last weekend at the LRT conclave. Then I get home from the conclave to discover that Bill St. Clair has just published a Patty archive. Patty vibes must be in the air.

If you don't know the writings of Patty Neill -- go, enjoy, laugh. No political satirist on the Net has ever been funnier than Patty. Unfortunately, she always wrote only by inspiration, and she hasn't been inspired for at least three years. But that girl when she got going could put my writing to shame.

The Patty archive Bill published is actually from my old Wolfe's Lodge, the gorgeous, but very high-maintenance site I closed several years ago. I was startled and embarrassed to realize two full copies of the Lodge are still hanging around the net -- an old, outdated one at Geocities (which I asked them to please take down years and years ago), and the most recent version preserved in amber at Archive.org. Bill has mirrored the whole kazoo and I'm not sure whether to be flattered or horrified. (Will the Net ever let us escape our pasts?)

I am, at least, unreservedly delighted to see Patty's stuff showcased, as well as to see Wolfe's Lodge's Friends of Liberty writings back in the world.

If you want to read my articles, though, the best place to go is still The Claire Files, set up by Debra Ricketts before I knew there was a Debra Ricketts. It's more current and complete than any other site.

Posted by Claire @ 09:57 AM CST

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