Agapeta is today 4 years old, and this is its 315th post. Readers come and go, and things have been quiet lately: few likes and comments, and almost no troll. For instance, the number of daily views dropped during the last 40 days of 2018, and rose again at the beginning of 2019.
From April 2017 to June 2018, the posting frequency was one article every 5 days; in July 2018 it slightly slowed down to one every 6 days. Since the beginning of 2019, it has decreased further to one every 8 days, and I cannot guarantee to maintain any fixed frequency in the future. Indeed, I have nearly exhausted all relevant material I knew about, and it becomes ever more difficult to find works by other authors, artists and musicians fitting the topics of Agapeta. Unfortunately, I got only a small number of useful suggestions from readers.
The number of views (direct accesses to the site, excluding views in the WordPress Reader) increased from 9929 in 2015, 20431 in 2016, 30017 in 2017 to 36234 in 2018. The most viewed article has always been the page “Links”; next, the most viewed posts in 2018 have been “Peter Freuchen marries Navarana”, “Nicolas Boileau : Amitié Fidèle”, “Charles Baudelaire : Le beau navire” and “Nina’s Necklace, by Joseph Ashby-Sterry”; for the whole blog’s history they were “Nicolas Boileau : Amitié Fidèle”, “Peter Freuchen marries Navarana”, “The tyrannical censorship of ISPs”, “Eva, fille adorable et robot défectueux” and “Martial: Epigrams on Erotion”. The 4 highest viewing countries for the whole life of Agapeta are: the USA, France, the UK and Germany; however for 2018, the 3rd and 4th are Belgium and the UK.
Eric Stenbock published again
Although he was a lover of boys rather than girls, the ‘Decadent’ writer Eric Stenbock made his appearance on Agapeta in September, and in October I posted his short story “The Egg of the Albatross”; to my knowledge, this is the first Internet transcription of this work.
David Tibet has edited a new collection of selected works by Count Stenbock, entitled Of Kings And Things, published in October 2018 by Strange Attractor Press. A shortened version of David Tibet’s introduction has been published as an essay titled “Eric, Count Stenbock: A Catch Of A Ghost” on The Public Domain Review.
A table of contents of The Collected Poems Of S.E. Stenbock is given on the site of Current 93. It gives the titles of all poems in Stenbock’s three collections of verses: Love, Sleep and Dreams, Myrtle Rue and Cypress and The Shadow Of Death.
“The Girl I Used To Be”
The Law of Attraction
A deleted WordPress blog titled Emma the Emo’s Emo Musings contains as first article a strange one dated August 6, 2011: “The Law of Attraction Really Works.” The author, a Russian woman who considers herself the imaginary girlfriend of Eivind Berge (a Norwegian men’s rights activist), states that the “Law of Attraction,” namely that thoughts become things, is “the most powerful Law in the Universe.” Thus, thinking whatever one wants will make it happen. Now, “a negative thought is far more powerful than a positive one,” so to succeed one should not remain calm, but rather experience deep depression or seething anger on a daily basis. This applies to getting a girlfriend, but beware: one’s qualities and the history of one’s behavior will be reflected in the appearance and manners of the newly created girlfriend.
For a little girl, saying no to parents means being forced
The blog Of Battered Aspect by Dave Hingsburger has an interesting article dated July 19, 2014 and titled “No Means Force.” The author tells a scene that he witnessed. A mother brings her six or seven years old daughter at a jewelry booth in order to have her earlobes pierced. The little girl protests “that she doesn’t want her ears pierced, that’s she’s afraid of how much it will hurt, that she doesn’t like earrings much in the first place.” The mother and two other women, who work the booth, pressure her, but the girl keeps crying. One heard then “two small screams, when the ears were pierced.” The author concludes:
Little children learn early and often that ‘no doesn’t mean no.’
Little girls learn early and often that their will is not their own.
Most often, for kids and others without power, “no means force.”
A good reason to stay alive
My beautiful greetings card
My friend Ron posted on Pigtails in Paint the season’s greetings card that I sent him. A nice surprise (for both of us)!