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July 06, 2010



I hear you Belle.

Bill Benzon

Next time you chat with John, Belle, tell him I've sent him an email voicing a strong suspicion about the real-life identity of the Troll of Sorrow.

Go to this link and stroll down to a longish comment by one Seth Edenbaum. That's a real name, of real person, who maintains a blog under thatl and posts comments here and there (e.g. Crooked Timber) under that name. I think he's the ToS. What say you?

Bill Benzon

Alas, I think not. While Seth Edenbaum may be a real person, I don’t think that person has much to do with the Seth Edenbaum blog.

Posts at that blog are under the name of D Ghirlandaio, a 15th century Italian artist. And the email address is for one eboetti, an Italian conceptual artist who died in 1994.

So, all I’ve done is associate one pseudonym with another.

I do, however, still believe that this is the person who is also the ToS.


A pyre of soggy purses? Sweetie, I don't care how much grain is strewn atop soggy leather, the gods won't enjoy a single, smokey whiff. What are you thinking?

And yes, your children will grow up to be like you...and no, they won't. Fear that our hopes for them won't be realized is one of the saddest parts of raising them. Good thing they have other hopes.

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