patron saint, Oscar Wilde, has kindly agreed to answer
a few of our more commonly posed queries.
Isn't WAG wicked and venal?
A: Wickedness is a myth
invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness
Are you guys trying to suggest the Web needs to be more
organic or something?
A: A really
well-made buttonhole is the only link between Art and
Q: Are you guys for real?
A: If one tells
the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.
Q: Would you even realize it
if you were real?
Only the shallow know themselves.
Q: I was wondering if you always
knew what was about to—
A: To be premature
is to be perfect.
Q: Isn't everything you're advancing
here fundamentally immoral?
A: Any preoccupation
with ideas of what is right or wrong in conduct shows
an arrested intellectual development.
Q: Why do you guys always wear
those silly yellow suits?
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work
Q: Don't you put too much stock
in your appearance?
If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty
in solving the problem of poverty.
Sometimes your magazine
can be a little obscure. Is that intended?
A: Only the
great masters of style ever succeed in being obscure.
Q: You also seem to contradict
yourselves an awful lot. Have you ever noticed that?
The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict
Q: If the present era is the
Age of Information, what does your site offer me today?
A: It is a very
sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
Q: Isn't useless information
precisely what we need less of? How about talking about
something that actually happened and has some weight in
A: Nothing that
actually occurs is of the smallest importance.
Q: Your brand of hedonism seems
to lead to nothing but mindless pleasure-seeking. Isn't
that a bad message to give to our youth today?
is the only thing one should live for. Nothing ages like
Q: You guys are so superficial.
Don't you think—
It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man's
deeper nature is soon found out.
do you run reviews for books that are more than a hundred
In old days books were written by men of letters
and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by
the public and read by nobody.
Q: I would like to join the
WAG Fan Club. Is that okay with you guys?
A: Even the
disciple has his uses. He stands behind one's throne,
and at the moment of one's triumph whispers in one's ear
that, after all, one is immortal.