Michaeline: Nixie Voss and the Culture of Secrets

The lover of a rich man sneaks a kiss with a geisha behind the rich man's back.

Oh, we could be heroes, or villains, depending on the secrets we keep. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve been thinking about my “villain” this week. I put it in quotes, just like David Bowie’s “‘Heroes'”, because she’s not really a villain (See songfacts.com for the story behind “‘Heroes'”). She’s the heroine from some points of view, and her weakness is a certain determination to follow the plan to the bitter end, no matter what crops up in the meantime. She gets sidetracked from her goal in favor of The Plan, and she becomes a tragic heroine (or a foiled villain, depending on who you are rooting for).

The thing is, she is steeped in secrets. Continue reading