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Editorial Construct:

“Salon of Cultural Affairs”

“If one were to reflect on the fluidity and apparition of culture one is obliged to comment on the fears and aspirations of a human collective.”

Scallywag– scoundrel, of contrary disposition, outsider, not conforming to public mannerisms or sensibilities, rude, shocking, kindred.

Vagabond– of no fixed address, of no fixed ideology, of no fixed home, of no fixed rhetoric, going from place to place, from story to story, un-contained and free to roam.

Scallywag and Vagabond is a forum for critical reviews, interviews, insights, interactive dialogue, investigative reporting, breaking news fact gathering and reporting there of and a critical consideration of conundrums, dilemmas, moral and ethical dissonance and the plundering forward of ideas and discussion with the joie de vivre once found in tea houses, sinful parlors and other magnanimous entities of boulevard yester years of public opinion.

With attention and grace to charmed and perhaps outlandish individuals, institutions and icons, SCV sets forth to engender marvel, giddy delight and provocative repartee.

No allegiance to preferred ideas or points of views is sustained, only the willingness to critically dissect and explore all ideas, events and items as they appear from all corners- of no fixed address.

Aside from celebrity sightings and the occasional obscene gesture or faux pas the writer or the interviewee may provoke, the conduit of discussion may from time to time revolve around culinary delights, musical inclination, theatrical presentation, hotelier abomination, fashion fornication, painterly observation, ideological considerations, social upheaval, race relations, mass shootings, identity politics, moral and ethical dilemmas and even social manners or rather the lack thereof.

Think of it as a ‘salon fete du jour’ where you, your host and fellow guests consort, collude and indulge each other, even kindly disagree over languorous crumpets, china tea and jasmine scents as the round table gathers verifiable information and dissects such ideas. You are encouraged upon the serving of facts and dissection of ideas to make up your own mind- napkins are in abundance.

Consider this; asked once why the dadaist ‘Marcel Duchamp’ wore eye make up he candidly reflected “….one is obliged to either look like art or create art, in my case I prefer both.”

Indeed such proclivities.

Be sharp. Dare to ask. Dare to think critically and independently. And always ask how and why.

Tea is now being served. Sip carefully.

Christopher KoulourisScallywag.

August 2008.

Scallywag and Vagabond defined
(courtesy of Babylon dictionary; an online amalgamation of 1000 dictionary sources).


1. white southerner supporting reconstruction policies after the civil war usually for self-interest [syn: scalawag]

2. a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel [syn: rogue, knave, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, varlet]

3. one who is playfully mischievous [syn: imp, scamp, monkey, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag]



vag”a*bond, n. one who wanders from place to place, having no fixed dwelling, or not abiding in it, and usually without the means of honest livelihood; a vagrant; a tramp; hence, a worthless person; a rascal. a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be. iv. 12.
note: in english and american law, vagabond is used in bad sense, denoting one who is without a home; a strolling, idle, worthless person. vagabonds are described in old english statutes as “such as wake on the night and sleep on the day, and haunt customable taverns and alehouses, and routs about; and no man wot from whence they came, nor whither they go.” in american law, the term vagrant is employed in the same sense. cf rogue, n.,
vag”a*bond, v. i. to play the vagabond; to wander like a vagabond; to stroll. on every part my vagabonding sight did cast, and drown mine eyes in sweet delight.
vag”a*bond (?), a. [f., fr. l. vagabundus, from vagari to stroll about, from vagus strolling. see vague.] 1. moving from place to place without a settled habitation; wandering. “vagabond exile.”
2. floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro. to heaven their prayers flew up, nor missed the way, by envious winds blown vagabond or frustrate.
3. being a vagabond; strolling and idle or vicious.
1. wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community; “led a vagabond life”; “a rootless wanderer” [syn: rootless]

2. continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; “a drifting double-dealer”; “the floating population”; “vagrant hippies of the sixties” [syn: aimless, drifting, floating, vagrant]

n 1: anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place; “pirate ships were vagabonds of the sea” 2: a person who has no fixed home v : move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; “the gypsies roamed the woods”; “roving vagabonds”; “the wandering jew”; “the cattle roam across the prairie”; “the laborers drift from one town to the next” [syn: wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift]