Richard Kaufman wrote:It's also a pile of hooey. I really need to publish Richard Stokes's entire piece about Maskylne that debunks almost everything about his WWII exploits.
Yes please. Can this be done in the frame of how the myths were propigated as well? IMHO it serves our community to have some socially congruent myths and also devices in place to dispell them when they no longer serve.
Look at Connan Doyle's insistance that Houdini had "help". IMHO some folks are better off with their stories of magician/spy/super hero/card cheat and their contrived exploits. Not bad as a normative force, popular mythology. In plaintext: know thy place. Cross the line and it's all fantasy.
Cue the blaring guitars and the lyric:
Why ask why?
For by the by and by
All mysteries are just more
Needles in the camel's eye