An Important Clarification

I stopped by the University library yesterday to take a look at the latest issue of American Literature because it includes not only some interesting essays about Samuel R. Delany, a fellow I've written about a bit myself, but also a fabulous essay by Aaron Bady, "Tarzan's White Flights: Terrorism and Fantasy Before and After the Airplane".

In this essay, there is what may be my favorite statement-required-by-a-rights-holder evah (as they say). It accompanies a drawing by Robert Baden-Powell, author of Scouting for Boys, that appeared in the Daily Mail in 1938 and is titled "Policeman Aeroplanes":
Reproduced by kind permission of the Scout Association Trustees. The Scout Association does not endorse Mr. Bady's article or the use of air power against civilians.
So relieved to have that cleared up!

The cover for this issue of American Literature, by the way, reprints the famous August 1928 cover of Amazing Stories. If Duke University Press, the journal's publisher, were to sell posters of this cover, I would buy one in a second, because seeing Amazing Stories on the cover of American Literature gives me irrational, childlike joy.


  1. That is quite an amusing disclaimer. I wonder what compelled them to write it...

  2. I would show you the correspondence, but that would probably be breaking some kind of implied confidentiality agreement or something. Basically, the Scout association holds the rights to the picture I wanted to use, and they didn't want to deny me the right to use it (being very reasonable people, it turns out) but they also didn't really like what I was saying about the founder of the Scouts (or implying), so that disclaimer was urged on me as a compromise. I'm just glad they didn't make me pay to use the picture, which would have been fully within their rights.

  3. I'm surprised to see the Scouts take such a stand on NATO and Libya--they've certainly become much more politicized--I wonder if there is now a merit badge devoted to the proper use of Air Power.

    --Eric S.

  4. I love the cover, too. The article on Delany and Dahlgren sounded interesting, but it's not a periodical I have access to, being a lay person. So I followed your links to the Duke University site. I can purchase two days of online access to the article for 15.00 dollars or to the entire issue for 30.00 for two days.

    Or I can buy the latest issue of Sandman on Amazon for just under 14.00.

    I many do a post about this sometime.

  5. Yes, I spent some time trying to find a way to actually buy this particular issue, and it doesn't seem possible. The prices for buying online access to individual articles are insane. Even the online databases that I have access to through the university library have an embargo of one year on American Literature and, I assume, other Duke journals.

    It's valuable for academics to publish with some of these places for reasons of hiring and promotion, but because publishers like Duke have such counterproductive approaches to distribution, if an academic writer wants their work to be accessible to any but the most elite audience, they have to go elsewhere.


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