An Anthropology of Useful Nonsense

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Garlands is subtitled, An Anthropology of Useful Nonsense which is not supposed to be self-deprecating but a comment on the strange, general and complex nature of the study.

There was a reason why I originally entitled the work Garlands but I fail to recall it, and even if I could it's surely beside the point, so here's a quote to be going on with. It's from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll right at the start when she is just sitting outside :-

So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her .

All I knew was the internet was crying out for a collection of fairly bog-standard1) ephemeral2), Grey Literature**3). from another White, Heterosexual, Nondisabled Man m(

Most of the work is being curated under the System Zero project except for two, un-started short stories.

For the academics masochists my library of reference sources is here.

1) bog-standard: British informal, usually meaning ordinary or basic

Transitory written or printed matter that is has only short-term usefulness or popularity.


Grey literature is defined as semi-published material for example reports, internal documents, theses, etc. not formally published or available commercially and consequently difficult to trace bibliographically. (Harrold’s Librarian’s Glossary and Reference Book, 2000)

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