Friday, March 31, 2006

Farewell crunchies

"We are a nation of Prufrocks. In our


to chase the latest thing,

to have the shiniest

gadget, to think

the newest idea,

to be first in the lock-step march of progress,

we grow old … we grow old."

-- CS March 31

Ah yes, T.S. Stegall. And April is the cruelest month indeed, for we will no longer hear anything from you starting tomorrow ... April fool's day ... such a "Prufrockian" day, n'est-ce pas? My husband had the brilliant idea of reading aloud choice bits from the blog doing one's best sonorous William Shatner imitation. We shall be doing that this evening "in memoriam". Sacramental, no? I have no doubt great swaths of the crunchy con blog will lend themselves *delightfully* to free verse. Naturellement we will do this over a glass of single malt scotch.


Blogger Bubba said...

How dare you make fun of Caleb Stegall? Do you not know that he has heard the snicker of the Eternal Footman?

The snicker of the Eternal Footman!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Wow, talk about the perfect poem.

In the gloom the crunchies come and go
Talking of their Arts and Crafts bungalow.

It even has, unedited, the stock response to the ievitable question, "Did you just call me sub-human?":

"That is not it at all,
That is not what I meant, at all."

And we might finish with those burning questions,

Shall I leave my mare behind? Do I dare to eat a non-organic peach?
I shall wear imported trousers, and drive an SUV upon the beach.
I have heard the crunchies singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Bubba said...

Unless someone has the audacity to trump Rod Dreher's last post (Caleb?), I believe the Crunchy Con blog has come to a close.

And to think, they closed with a list of "recommended reading" without addressing how reading the works of British and Greek authors maintains the beauty of the local and particular here in America; how the modern publishing industry -- from printing presses to big retailers -- is non-crunchy and inhuman; how one must rape the environment to make the paper that goes into books; and how reading a book by yourself (even using natural light) threatens the connectiveness of the local community.

Ah, well, such things are probably not important.

Contra Crunchy, if you keep blogging, I for one will keep coming; regardless, I believe you have at least some of our email adresses. Don't be a stranger.

If this is it, I want to say it's been fun -- and deeply therapeutic to find that I wasn't the only one aggravated by the whole affair.

TTFN, y'all.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Rayne said...

Yep, sure was nice to have kindred spirits to take the edge off the outrage - THANKS, CONTRA CRUNCH!
I too will continue to pop by as I don't think the Crunchies are going quietly into the night - how can they with echoes of the Eternal Footman's snickers egging them on?
(BTW, Tom - superbly done!)

2:39 PM  
Blogger Jacob Neal Liszt said...

The single most convincing facet of Crunchy Conservatism is the fact that its opponents are such a overbearing group of mindless slobs. My God. Kathleen's whining little diatribe...that was supposed to be funny? Grow a sense of humor.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Bubba said...

Ah, more substance from the crunchies.

2:40 PM  
Blogger kathleen said...

nice to meet you too, Jacob Neal Liszt! : )

luv, Kathleen

3:55 PM  
Blogger Pauli said...

Yes, yes, Kathleen, because the Crunch Blog is absolutely brimming with humour.

4:13 PM  
Blogger kathleen said...

JNL, you sly devil!

"Jim Rovira, after many years spent in Florida, has yo-yoed up the coast to become a PhD student in English literature at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Linked to our Forum, Jim's review of The Matrix in light of Baudrillard's view of postmodernity shows some of Jim's current preoccupations. ...His stories defy summary or explanation; you'll have to take them as they come.
Studies in Nihilism: "The Infirmity of Victor Timothy Dodge" is a short story about a man with an unusual kind of heart trouble. "Jacob Neal Liszt" is a long story about a man with a similar malady. It insists you won't be able to stop reading once you start."

4:50 PM  
Blogger Rayne said...

Jeez, what a tool.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Rayne said...

I love this part:
"His stories defy summary or explanation; you'll have to take them as they come."

Isn't that fancy way of saying his writing makes no sense? If his posts here are a representative sample, I'd say they have him nailed.

7:28 PM  
Blogger The Contra Crunchy said...

I'll take mindless slobbering over the pratings of pseudo-intellectual wannabes any day of the week. Really, is there anything less crunchy than a Ph.D. candidate in English at Drew University? The only reason such a "job" exists is because of the amazing wealth generated by the marketus horribilis. A true believer would drop out and move to Elmira to start a chicken farm.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

The crunchies will not go gentle into that good night. Rod Dreher wrote a letter to National Review complaining that Jonah was unfair to him. It sounded like a sour whine, and it was.

Jonah just replied on the Corner. Will there be more sobs from the crunchies?

This is the way the blog ends
This is the way the blog ends
This is the way the blog ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

9:55 AM  
Blogger James Rovira said...

Yes, I happened to be logged in under that name when I posted...wasn't paying much attention to that. You think I don't know what's out there? You should try sounding out the name and consider the pov it's pseudonymous for and perhaps you'd understand the deliberate incoherence of some of the works under that name.

At any rate, good parody grasps substance -- mindless parody does not. This is mindless parody. Mindless parody is justified when it's at least funny, but when you guys aren't even funny...God, what a waste...

6:02 PM  
Blogger James Rovira said...

Wait, I'm on a studies in Nihilism website? I didn't know that... :). I figured the Faer-Spel stuff was still there, but...

6:04 PM  
Blogger kathleen said...

JR, JNL, whoever .... whatever ... That is so cool. occasionally you log on under the names of fictional characters you have created, and just happen to post here and there under such pseudonyms without regard? dude that is so deep. That gesture in and of itself calls into question the whole notion of identity ... I see the point you are trying to make. You rock my world.

6:15 PM  
Blogger kathleen said...

"good parody grasps substance"

We are parodying *crunchy cons*. there is no substance to grasp my friend. which is our whole point.

anyway, stop fronting. your just ticked we got the references to Eliot (and knew some of his other stuff too! doh!) even though we're not PhD students in English literrraturre. When you read that, that's when you finally got hostile and started calling us "mindless slobs". Don't worry, we understand. It's a drag when "mindless slobs" know your field of expertise as well as they do. Kind of calls into question your life's calling, the whole point of your professional orientation, the ability to convince everyone you're the smartest guy in the room, etc. but don't worry, dude, we picked up the rage seething underneath all along. You don't have to fake bonhomie with us.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Rayne said...

Nonsensical, pseudo-intellectual gibberish = "deliberate incoherence" in Crunchytown. Kinda like literary Dada, so if you don't "get it" then you're just too thick to plumb the depths of Crunchy profundity. Please.
In this same vein, ya'll need to read Jonah's post/reply in today's Corner where at one point he sums up beautifully the tragic flaw of Crunchy Cons: "Most of the time I don't know what the hell he's[Dreher] talking about."

9:05 PM  
Blogger Pauli said...

>Will there be more sobs from
>the crunchies?

>when you guys aren't even
>funny...God, what a waste...

Got any stock predictions, Casey?

6:16 AM  

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