1. You have no idea how much this means to a certain fan organization I belong too that’s going through just this kind of critique.

    It’s amazing how much time could be wasted on the negative side of a hobby. However, as Hawthorne said, love and hate are equal in passion, and fans are nothing if not passionate.

  2. The truth one must always strive to remember is that “fan” as a word was coined as a shortened form of “fanatic.”

    For the psychology of what’s involved, one could do worse than to re-read Eric Hoffer’s “The True Believer.”

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