Some Notes on 'The Dish'

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

My old buddy Andrew Sullivan went for delf this weekend. You've probably already seen the new set-up. If you haven't, go visit. If you like what you see, go subscribe. I really mean that. It strikes me as only right that if we enjoy something we should show our appreciation. I'm going on five years blogging now. I basically learned the form from Matt Yglesias and Sullivan. Moreover, I suspect a good many of you came here through Sullivan links, and even a few of you may have come in those early days when I was lucky to be guest-blogging for Matt.


Anyway I've been thinking a lot about how the form is evolving. In my own house, I feel like this is less and less blog, and more and more something between a salon and skull practice. A third of the posting I do (like the one below) is to give you guys room to riff, the other third is just me thinking out a loud, and the last third is somewhere in between. I think we have a problem here between form and function. I have to say, though the changes are small, Andrew's new spot looks a lot more like what he actually does. I especially like the "Recent Threads" bar with along with his "Recent Keepers" (an older feature) allow him to keep conversation going across time. We tend to lose that over here -- especially with out book discussions.

As you might imagine, I hope he's fabulously successful. I find Andrew to be maddening sometimes. But I always find him to be sincere. I still miss him among our "Voices." 

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