Cussedness Corner

"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane

Investigation of an Arsehole


Dagstine’ s birth name is Lorenzo D’agostino. He changed his name. You might say that he ‘Americanized’ it, except that he was one to begin with. Maybe he changed it. However, I would like to offer the possibility that his name is still Lorenzo and that Lawrence (as seen on his domain registration) is actually a DBA.

Lawrence was one of the first members of Silverthought. He spent most of his time involved in flamewars, belittling and generally stomping on vulnerable writers with more talent than he had.

Eventually most of those writers left Silverthought. Oh, Paul gave Dagstine periodic bannings, but they were never permanent and Dagstine was soon back doing his usual thing to destroy the people on the board who had better craftsmanship and more talent than he did.

Eventually, this resulted in the usual defections that occur when boards go toxic.

People left in droves.

It only takes a single germ… uhm infected individual to force a board into sepsis.

Paul’s well-intentioned devotion to the tenets of free speech worked against him and the others on his board. I think that Paul is beginning to see the light concerning Lorenzo.

As Lorenzo got uglier and he began to spread his infection to other sites, we became aware of him and he became aware of us. The tricks that he had perfected during his long years at Silverthought were applied elsewhere. Many of us have become victims of that.

The deeper I probe into Lorenzo’s early days at Silverthought and elsewhere, the more I begin to suspect that he is a borderline sociopath. He appears to take great joy in hurting people. Perhaps it gives him a feeling of power.

It was not enough that he drove people off the Silverthought forum. He often continued to persecute them through email and other venues. It is no wonder that the people I have been talking to about him do not wish to have their names made public. They are still hiding from him.

The investigation will continue.

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