Dish? What’s a Dish?

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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19 Responses

  1. Kazzy says:

    Soooooo… you pirated Sully?Report

  2. Burt Likko says:

    Booze makes yours better.Report

  3. “I love Sully and I love the Dish, but this is a pretty great example of why I love this place even more, and why I think you guys & gals rock.”

    I actually don’t love Sully, nor do I love the Dish. I’ve personally emailed Sully multiple times about various topics, and he has literally never graced me with a response, and I’m, like, a serious blogger at, like, the League of Ordinary Gentlemen, like, and, like, a big deal on, like the Internet, like.

    The Dish consists of more-or-less one-word descriptions of other peoples’s writing followed by a consistently one-paragraph excerpt, which reminds me of the early days of the Internet, when I was using “Hot Dog” to “write web diaries on the www”.

    I think Sully gets props for blogging in the same sense that Philo Taylor Farnsworth gets credit for television: really, he invented it, but no one gives a shit because he did very little to nothing with it (although “Imaginationland” posts are almost half as awesome as the South Park episodes of the same name. )

    I realize that Sully is considered by those that do not use the Internet to be the gatekeeper of the Internet, but I’d prefer if Sully mingled with the masses occasionally. As it is, he’s too good.Report

    • Sully was actually a different blogger back in the day than he is now. I don’t just mean politically. More thinker, less linker. At least that’s how I remember it. That was before he had the interns, I guess.Report

    • Snarky McSnarksnark in reply to Christopher Carr says:

      Sullivan is a curator, and I follow his blog because I’ve found lots of interesting things I would not have otherwise found.

      But he’s also a drama factory, and an OCD obsessive on Sarah Palin, gay marriage, and Obaama’s unappreciated greatness. These posts are easy enough to skip.Report

      • Plinko in reply to Snarky McSnarksnark says:

        Pretty much this. I also imagine the daily e-mail total numbers in the high four figures. I’m guessing it’s pretty random what gets read/responded to regardless of the substance.Report

        • Tod Kelly in reply to Plinko says:

          A year or so ago, back when they were still with the Atlanitc, I read that they got over 40,000 emails a day. Unless you have his personal email address, I think the odds of him or his staff opening your email are staggeringly low. But if they ever do and they use your email, I think it flags your later emails.Report

  4. Nob Akimoto says:

    I feel these contests discriminate against the teatottlers (recovering alcoholics included), Mormons and Muslims amongst us.Report

  5. I read Sully more as an aggregator than anything now. And also to see if he’s picked up my stuff.Report

    • North in reply to Russell Saunders says:

      I admit I do the same (and also read him just out of habit) but occasionally he still writes and when he does it can be quite powerful. His recent bit about living through the AIDS epidemic was quite good.Report

  6. Plinko says:

    It only took two days, but they caught up (because picked up what we did, natch).