|Editorial: Fooling Around|
If you believe the historians, April fools didn't exist until 1582 when Pope Gregory XIII reformed the Catholic calendar and changed the date of New Years from April to January 1. April fools were the folks who refused to accept the pope's decree and insisted in celebrating the new year in the spring, when everything in the Northern Hemisphere was new and blooming.
England and its colonies persisted in their foolishness for around one hundred fifty years -- which explains why the term "April fool" first appeared in France. Historians will tell you English stubborness in this matter arose from religious grounds. I concede religion and other weighty social causes played a part, but spring silliness has a long and honorable tradition in England. 'Tis the season of a young man's fancy and all that.
Even the weather plays tricks -- mild and welcoming one minute, blizzards the next. Plants reinvent themselves, snow melts change the course of streams, and wild animals grow as silly as their young.
In countries with a strong Celtic tradition, such as England and northern France, April is also the month of Samhain -- Walpurgis Night, Dracula's "night of evil" and the flip side of Halloween.
This month's featured interviews reflect April's restlessness. Romance writer Anne Stuart, AKA Sister Krissie the Impeccably Demure, plays the trickster, infusing even the darkest suspense with humor. British fantasy writer Storm Constantine revels in mutations of the imagination, while mystery writer Robin Hathaway proves new beginnings can happen anytime, anywhere.
Following up on the theme of new beginnings, Crescent Blues also chose April to start its new review section, "Second Looks." Second Looks examine the classic books, shows, music and games we love, and will give us a chance to review those items we missed the first time around. In our first second look, Suzanne Frisbee shares her views on Kathy Hogan Trocheck's Heart Trouble.
Welcome to spring!
Jean Marie Ward