July 3rd, 2010

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Modern usage/legality of 'Nazi' in Germany?


In modern-day Germany, what are the legal ramifications of calling someone else a Nazi? I assume it would be considered very offensive, much more serious than it is in the States where we are sadly loose with our insults, and I thought I had heard something about it being actually criminal to do so but I can't find confirmation of this or a mention of what the consequences, legally speaking, could be.

I've Googled such terms as 'punishment for calling someone (a) Nazi', 'usage of Nazi in modern Germany', 'crime to call someone a Nazi', 'illegal' 'Nazi' 'Germany', 'slander' 'modern Germany' 'Nazi', and many other permutations.

Thanks in advance!

Royal Victorian Dinner Parties?

I'm writing a Victorian Era-style novel, it's steampunk. The King (yes that's right, a King) is holding a huge dinner party in celebration of a long-awaited Airship port opening. There are guests from all over, and what I'm wondering is, what happens after the meal part of the celebration? Several questions below:

- What happens after the meal? What would the King and his guests do?

- What would they drink?

- Would there be a set hour for the party to end?

- With the party running incredibly late, would the King and his family be able to retire to bed while some of his guests were still awake?

- For the guests staying overnight at the palace - was it considered rude for several guests to stay up til dawn if they wished?

I've tried googling "victorian era dining" "victorian era banquets" "victorian dinner etiquette" "victorian royal dinner party" and similar searches. Not really finding specifics on what I need.

Thanks in advance for any help :) 

Information Post - Mid-Century Gays and Lesbians in America

Two articles - thanks to sparkymonster for bringing them to my attention:

An article on two men who recently married after having been together since 1945. This may be useful for those writing romances with a mid-century setting, although it sounds as though this couple probably represent the best-case scenario (middle-class, heavily involved in local theatre, and had the tacit acceptance of their families). I find it interesting that by modern standards they were neither in nor out - they did not actually describe themselves to others as a couple until the 1990s, and their friends and family never raised the issue - otoh, they went everywhere together, and the father of one left a posthumous letter telling them to look after each other.

An 89-year-old veteran of the Stonewall riots. This woman, by contrast, was much more open and militant, perhaps by necessity - there is less detail in this article, partly because she is now suffering from Alzheimers and it was difficult to get firm details from her. However the article might be a good starting point for someone researching Greenwich Village in the 1950s.
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trickster gods in Northeastern American Indian mythology

SO I'm trying to write this story wherein basically a very unfortunate family gets caught up in the lives of some American Indian gods, trickster gods in particular. I really wanted to use Coyote and Raven, but since the setting is Northeastern USA, I didn't know if they would be appropriate to use. Basically: are there any trickster gods specific to either the Lenape Delaware or Wampanoag tribes (haven't decided which yet)? Alternatively would Coyote and Raven still be recognizable figures in these areas / do any stories involve them going this far east?

My story is set in present-day, in either eastern Pennsylvania or Massachusetts (thus the different tribes).

I've been reading American Indian Myths and Legends edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz, I've been relying on this site pretty heavily, I've read a lot of Raven and Coyote stories (though since there are about a billion zillion million of them any that you want to link to would be very helpful and appreciated), and I've googled many combinations of "Lenape"/"Wampanoag," "tribe," "mythology," "legend," "Raven," "Coyote," and "trickster."

P.S. If I'm committing any kind of serious gaffe here out of my general ignorance of American Indian history and culture PLEASE let me know!