The Best Of The Dish This Weekend


First up, a classic eggcorn from our friends at TPM:

The No. 2 official at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to speak Sunday at an event co-hosted by Concerned Women for America—a group with a long history of fermenting the “creeping Sharia” conspiracy theory.

And a quote from today:

The humble are they that move about the world with the love of the real in their hearts.

More gems from the weekend: Rembrandt’s genius with intimacy; Nabokov’s amazing love letters; Facebook as a Kafkaesque “accusation aggregator“; a butterfly chart that flutters; an unforgettable portrait painted with microbes; the desolation of those who lose their faith; and the surprising short lengths of most addictions. Plus: a pretty wonderful devastation of Richard Dawkins.

25 more readers became subscribers this weekend. You can join them here – and get access to all the readons and Deep Dish – for a little as $1.99 month. Gift subscriptions are available here. Dish t-shirts are for sale here. From a reader who saw me speak at Claremont McKenna College last week:

Thanks for all you are doing! Becca insists that you will like the pic attached – with our Dish Andrew sullivan picshirts prominent. You spoke about having 30,000+ subscribers, but little hope for growing that number significantly in the near term.  Here’s just an observation: we put this pic on Facebook on Tuesday night. The response from many of our friends has been “Who’s Andrew Sullivan?”

Most of those are people who should be seeing your work (and probably a few who would just think you’re another crackpot – yes, we know some of them too!) and, having seen it would subscribe. At the risk of committing the very sins you spoke about at CMC – monetizing every post a la Buzzfeed, etc – it seems that you need to find a way to market The Dish that goes beyond word-of-mouth from your dedicated fans.

All ideas are welcome. Another subscriber from Claremont:

I was the guy in the grey suit and white hair.  My daughter sat at your table.  I’ve been reading the Dish since 2001 and actually contributed to you for 2 or 3 years before you moved to a different platform.  (I subscribed for $40 just now.) She’s been reading your blog since high school. I spoke to many of the students in attendance.  None of them ever read your blog or knew very much about you.  However, they were intensely interested in the subject matter.  That’s why they chose to attend.  Very unusual to get a sell-out for one of these dinners unless it is a celebrity.

So, I just want to let you know that you are really on to something.  What you had to say last night really connected with that audience of young people.

These trips are always a mix of exhilaration and exhaustion. But one thing I always discover: the passion of Dishheads. It’s the elixir of a blogging life.

See you in the morning.

(Photo: Pope Francis leads a vigil prayer in preparation for the Synod on the Family on October 4, 2014 at St Peter’s square at the Vatican. By Gabriel Buoys/AFP/Getty.)