Received a "who are you?" kind of email yesterday. This is not something that has come up before.

I am a member of the reading and bookbuying public.

Don't work in teaching or publishing, not affiliated with a university, not a member of any preservation group, re-enactor unit, restoration project, conservancy, board of directors or advisors, nor lineage society.

Once had a boss who would draft some piece of marketing text and pass it around for comments and suggestions. He would always remark (curiously), "I want you to play the role of outraged reader."

Given the forlorn state of Civil War publishing today, I play the role of the outraged reader.