“Historical Arti-Fiction” – Rebecca Guyver (Suffolk/UK & Maine/USA) pens the MinXus-Lynxus epic of the French Revolution

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Mail-art by Rebecca Guyver (Suffolk/UK – Maine/USA)

The release of a book about MinXus-Lynxus is always an occasion for celebration, even if the subject of the tome is weighty. We are proud indeed to present to you, most dear Tenderfoots, Miss Becca’s Historical Arti-Fiction: destined to become a classic as it was a classic even before it was created (if we are to believe MinXus cosmology).

Historical Arti-Fiction is an artists book. The work is roughly 5″ x 6″ inches and made from a recycled book or perhaps more likely a notebook. A rectangle has been cut into the book’s interior where Miss Becca has ingeniously constructed a three-dimensional scene (diorama-like) depicting iconic images from the era of the revolution and its aftermath. Here is a view of the spine:

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Perhaps it is more than coincidence that Historical Arti-Fiction is revealed at a time when Dark wall is embarking upon a new vispo series. The tentative titles are “The Trial of Empress Marie Antonette,” “The Martyrdom & Execution of Empress Marie Antonette,” and “The Canonization & Sainthood of Empress Marie Antonette.” These works will accompany the opening of the Empress Marie Antonette Waterpark and Wax Museum at the Mink Ranch. Miss Becca’s Historical Arti-Fiction is far more sweeping in its grasp of history and philosophy when compared to Dark wall’s humble effort. Yet both pieces confirm the pivotal role of Empress Marie Antonette in MinXus-Lynxus history and iconography.

Miss Becca included this text, which we consider a part of Historical Arti-Fiction:

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What are we to make of the inclusion of Jacques Derrida? Our interpretation is that Derrida represents the extension of the French philosophical strain emanating from Jean Jacques Rousseau. Careful readers of official MinXus-Lynxus propaganda know that Confessions is considered an essential work, particularly its position on spanking. For those sleuths seeking to find their own answers concerning the inclusion of the Derrida passage, here is a link to the article from which Miss Becca made the excerpt:

http://anarthistoricalimpression.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/interpreting-painting-of-shoes-benefits.html

Here is the book’s back cover:

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Historical Arti-Fiction was wonderfully packaged:

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The reverse side:

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Our deepest, heartfelt thanks to Miss Becca for this wondrous contribution to the canon of MinXus-Lynxus books.

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. suffolkrebecca
    May 19, 2013 @ 16:31:50

    Thanks Minkranger. As tenderfoots know, it’s all about the hair.

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  2. suffolkrebecca
    May 19, 2013 @ 16:36:46

    On p 51. – An age of Revolution by R.R. Palmer
    ‘Revolutionary justice was horrifying for the ladies of easy virtue since the Jacobins grounded their notions of political reform on a puritan spirit. The women of the streets had their heads shaven before being imprisoned in St Lazare, a jail reserved for them.’

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  3. minkrancher
    May 19, 2013 @ 20:27:55

    Miss Becca, a BIG Mink Ranch holler & hoot goes out to you for this great book. Not since Carina Granlund’s “Gun Rack & Crackers” have we been honoured by such an ambitious effort.

    The MinXus narrative of the events of the revolution might be a little different, but we concur with you that hair loomed large. The Reign of Terror is certainly a point of interest.

    As for the “ladies of easy virtue,” we don’t take to none of that here at the Ranch. Yourself included, we are privileged to entertain ladies of only the finest refinement & breeding.

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  4. suffolkrebecca
    May 19, 2013 @ 20:31:46

    You’re too kind. Can’t wait to see what DW comes up with! I hope he isn’t in a mean mood.

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  5. minkrancher
    May 19, 2013 @ 20:47:38

    Miss Becca, after ponderin the complexities of the current situation, Dw & me chose to pursue a course of action.

    1) Empress Marie is too important to simply deny she ever existed. A purge would not work in this case.

    2) We had already made plans to build the waterpark & wax museum anyway.

    3) Artistically & symbolically, we are going to put the Empress on trial, execute her & then make her a MinXus saint or some sort of divine MinXus being. Possibly she will become Saint Empress Marie – Joan of Arc is a possible model. We need some saints & divine beings anyway. She’ll be off in some other cosmic realm where she don’t communicate with folks directly, which ‘ill solve one of the big problems we had from the beginning. Look at the Trashpo folks with their D-Konversions & wearable orgone accumulators. Nothin’s like a bit of the ol’ time religion to get ’em rollin in the aisles & speakin in tongues.

    4) If there is anyone who shows up & claims to be Empress Marie, we are going to say that person is an Empress Marie impersonator cooked up by TOXIS to de-stabilize MinXus. We’ll say they cloned her during the Monkey Purge & there are all these Empress Marie clones running ’round but they’re just monkey’s G-Man trained, or something like that.

    5) We might make it interesting with an Empree Marie Look-A-Like Contest,

    We figure this ‘ll go smooth as silk &amp.

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  6. darkwallminxususa
    May 19, 2013 @ 22:28:34

    I dreamed I saw St. Empress Marie
    Alive as you or me
    Tearing through these quarters
    In the utmost misery
    With an ermine underneath her arm
    And a coat of solid gold
    Searching for the very souls
    Whom already have been sold

    “Arise, arise,” she cried so loud
    In a voice without restraint
    “Come out, ye gifted Tenderfoots
    And hear my sad complaint
    No martyr is among ye now
    Whom you can call your own
    So go on your way accordingly
    But know you’re not alone”

    I dreamed I saw St. Empress Marie
    Alive with fiery breath
    And I dreamed I was amongst the ones
    That put her out to death
    Oh, I awoke in anger
    So alone and terrified
    I put my fingers against the glass
    And bowed my head and cried

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  7. suffolkrebecca
    May 20, 2013 @ 13:00:51

    DW, I feel ever so affected by that poem and am relieved that you are not keeping all your emotion inside. They tell us It’s not good to do that.
    Minkranger, that all seems like a logical response but I remember you saying that people take vacations and then just come back. How do you know it isn’t simply a case of oneof those?

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  8. minkrancher
    May 20, 2013 @ 13:36:15

    Miss Becca, Dw’s poem is “I dreamed I saw St. Augustine” by Bob Dylan (with some words changed) from the John Wesley Harding album.

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  9. darkwallminxususa
    May 20, 2013 @ 13:38:55

    I dreamed I was in church and I fell asleep and dreamed the preacher & a host of angels was singing them words.

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  10. suffolkrebecca
    May 20, 2013 @ 19:11:08

    Hmm. That sounds pretty final. So not just a language thing. You’ve talked about the monkey purge before. Sounds scary to me.
    Just to be clear. It was a haircut, not a head chop.
    The poem/song – thought I recognised it. Good trick DW.

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