The New Pantagruel, RIP

Dag-nab it, I liked those guys.


  1. Cubeland Mystic says

    Maybe we can take it over?

  2. AnotherCoward says

    Why take it over? Just create a group blog with managed/editorialized content.

    Unless, of course, you’re wanting to take advantage of name recognition or some-such.

    Tell ya the truth, I think it was the lack of regular content that did it in.

    Well, that and I never donated.

  3. Steve Nicoloso says

    Its forums are still up and active and probably will be for years. 6-10 or so of us Pantagruelistas, still post regularly. Caleb and Dan ran it on a shoestring and the little that did get donated should run the site for several years.

    I think there’s only so much you can do with an anti-modern, binge-drink while Babylon burns, Illichian/Vogelinian particularist, get-yer-asses-offline-and-back-into-real-life web-zine. It is its own antithesis. Caleb and Dan have young growing families and particular communities to love and care for. Those are the permanent things, and that is what they SHOULD be devoting the bulk of their energies to. So they are.

    tNP did garner some notice (NYT and FT), and more importantly it served to orient a lot of the recent paleo (aka. Crunchy) conservative energies. As for keeping up the fight, you can’t do better than Daniel Larison’s Eunomia. He has really become a one man blog army (blarmy?) in the fight for the soul of traditionalist conservatism. Surfeited with Dainties is oriented similarly but with substantial panache, if not quite the irreverence that tNP mustered. And of course there’s our conflicted Crunchy superstar Rod Dreher. So conservatism’s ressourcement is now off and running. And tNP played a role in making that happen, mostly by providing a place for Christians thoroughly disenfranchised by religious modernism and NEO-conservatism to come and urinate in public. It’s job is done, and a job well done it was.

  4. Cubeland Mystic says

    If he doesn’t have the time give it to us. Plus how is he going to get the message out? I only heard of it through the internet.

    I got tired of explaining to my conservative friends that I wasn’t a closet pinko. There are a lot of us out there who did not know there might be the beginnings of a resurgence of this stuff.

    Heck maybe I will do it on my blog. The Immaculate Direction is a catchy name, and I got pictures of my winter victory garden to prove it. I am sticking it to the man one seed at a time.

    Hey I like it!

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