Contributions from readers who didn't object to having their email published in Vagabond Pages.

Nikole's note: I've decided that this page will be carried over from one issue to the next. All letters received throughout the year will be posted here.

President Trump and past and present cognitive dissonance (Sep/2017) ..., Vagabond Ship Greetings for 2017 (Jan/2017) ..., Cruelty to Animals (Aug/01/16)..., Vagabond's future (11/07/15) ..., Soutter, Art Brut (06/11/15) ...

President Trump and past and present cognitive dissonance

by Courtenay Barnett

How does a man whose close and immediate family are designated by neo-Nazis as filth and the dregs of humanity then fail to condemn, without equivocation or excuses, such racism? Trump is either ignorant of history, or is so enarmoured by the idea of White supremacy, that he fails to comprehend that the ideas enacted under Hitler being regurgitated in the US in 2017 by persons who see him as President and being equivalently praiseworthy as Hitler is an affront and not a compliment.

Personal recollections

As a student in London, I occasionally marched and protested against that which I thought was unjust or simply wrong. Racism in general and Apartheid in particular in South Africa provided cause to venture into the streets of London. On one occasion in the East End of London, there was a National Front (NF) march (the equivalent in the 1970s of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists in the US today). The NF was permitted to march along the street. The anti-racist protesters stood behind barriers and there was the usual chanting and howling of slogans and counter-slogans for or against the cause. That occasion comes back to mind because a police officer on the street-side of the barrier, with obvious bitterness and contempt, without any disturbance or civil disobedience on my part, just looked me straight in the face and yelled “Black Bastard”. Guess he found himself on the right side of the fence on that occasion. Standing in Trafalgar Square or opposite South Africa House was itself a just and righteous cause being advocated for, I thought then, and think so all the more now.

With a background such as mine, it then comes as no great surprise that I have more than a casual interest in the recent events of neo-Nazi, KKK and White supremacist marches in Charlottesville, Virginia, as shown at

To hear “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil” chanted these several years later after the Allied forces defeated the Nazis in World War II, brings a different sort of recollection to mind, such as images of Auschwitz and “sieg heil” chants before and after Crystal night ( Kristallnacht).

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Vagabond Ship Greetings 2017

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Meilleurs voeux pour 2017 et à bientôt avec de nouveaux projets!

Best wishes for 2017 and see you soon with new projects!

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Cruelty to Animals

I knew William. I still look at Vagabond from time to time. I miss his acute perception, which could be tender as well as biting. Today I read "Another 'Pity and Horror'"

about cruelty to animals. I am one who avoids looking at photos that show pictures of suffering. I donate to PETA and the Humane Society but never read their publications for the same reason; I want to help but I can’t bear to see a picture of one more tormented creature. The essay drew me in and I found I could read to the end .and then, I simply burst into tears. Nobody has better expressed our terrible abuse of other creatures. It’s worse than abuse, it’s disregard. I wish everyone would read those five short paragraphs. I wish I could tell William how important his writing is to me.

Soutter, Art Brut

Dear Nikole -- when you put this article on did you know about the show in New York right now? It's called "Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet" and work is sent from the Lausanne. I don't know if Soutter's work is included, I can't find any list of artists but it's worth going if you are in New York, don't you think?
Arthur C.
(email withheld at Arthur's request)

Vagabond's future

Dear Nikole -- What a loss! I haven't read Vagabond for awhile; life has taken me on many turns, ups and downs. And now, a brief glance shows me that my favorite challenger is no longer with us. I have no advice for you, how to carry on with this amazing site but please do carry on. I will think about your question, what should the future be but I'd say it's fine if you would just highlight articles as you say.
M. Ward

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