The Retroactive Table of Contents : Jan 26 – Feb 3


Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. This is such a good idea but I wouldn’t dare ask you to do it — it must have taken so long! The League needs its own Super PAC so we could pay someone to do this as a weekly newsletter post/email.Report

  2. Avatar E.C. Gach says:

    Incredibly awesome, fantastically organized, and must be done in the future.

    I’ll certainly pitch in and do it when need be.  And if this takes-off, maybe (for those particularly enthusiastic among us) we can put together a daily comment recap for the best one-liners, quick insights, and epic fails of the last 24 hours.

    But first things first.  Great job Tod.Report

  3. Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

    Yeah, I was going to say, you mucked this all up.

    You’re supposed to do a terrible job on the first one of these, so that everyone feels guilty that someone else went first and nobody asks you to go to the effort of doing one again.

    Instead you knocked it out of the park, so now we all know that if we hem and haw and drag our feet you’ll rock out future ones, too.Report

  4. Avatar Plinko says:

    This is very awesome. Even visiting several times a day, I still manage to miss a lot.

    If I can be so bold as to make a request, it might be neat to add notes on where the comments discussion has taken an interesting turn, those are easy to miss when the post is no longer at the top.Report

  5. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    This is beyond awesome. I wish I had the energy to do stuff like this.Report

  6. Avatar Christopher Carr says:

    Tod, let me know if you want to rotate. I also found myself unable to participate in any meaningful fashion on the computer nerd thread.Report

  7. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I’ve been thinking about this and smooshing everything together by category is *LOVELY* but probably adds brain cycles to the post that wouldn’t be necessary if we just smooshed everything together by day… and, additionally, doing it by day would allow this post to live in the dashboard to be edited at the end of the day (making it relatively easy to just scroll down in another window) rather than needing the author to devote a great deal of brain to make it coherent by topic.

    Doing it by day might make the post less susceptible to burnout.Report

  8. This is amazing, but I must point out that the Homeland post was mine.Report

  9. Avatar Mary says:

    Love it! Probably the funniest table of contents I have ever seen. Oh, and helpful too.Report

  10. Avatar trizzlor says:

    I like this a lot too, and I hate hate the Dish summarization. But isn’t this something that could be automated by each author writing a seperate “{blank} wrote a {blank} about {blank}” blurb for their posts, and the weekly curator would simply organize the blurbs by topic? It seems like summarizing a post just written would be much less work, and the blurb serves as a useful subtitle to the post itself.

    A few highlighted comments would be very cool too as much of the interesting stuff happens down here.Report