Axeman is relieved to be done with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. He was sick of 16th century England and the Beasty Boyz, though he enjoyed both books enormously. Thomas Cromwell? If the recorded notes of his final moments are to be believed, he desired that his head and his heart be sent back to Rome (though the author, Hillary Mantel raises serious doubts in her afterword). So what was the takeaway? God save this, God save that, God save the Queen, God save the King, Repent to God, Swear before God, Relinquish your God, Accept this God, God can’t help you now, Kneel before God? And even after all that, they’re still at it, one version or another version of each other; for one another, against one another, for centuries, across continents, across oceans, across mountains; Protestants, Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, Episcopalians, Anglicans, Mormons (In the Adirondacks? Wait – are they Christians? Jury still out). And why would it matter in 21st century America, especially to a Jewish-born Atheist? Well, in 1999, Barry Levinson made a movie called Liberty Heights. A scene at a lake in Baltimore depictsa sign on a fence; “no coloreds, dogs or Jews.” AxeMan was taken aback. He recalled the identical sign at Mooney’s Lake, an amusement park in Atlanta, almost in his backyard, where he grew up in the 1950s, at almost exactly the same time as Levinson’s movie portrays the moment. Oblique? Fuck it. Life’s one big circle jerk anyway.