Rod Dreher is on the cover of the lat...
pat

Dallas, TX

#272 Jul 25, 2014
dianeski wrote:
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Not sure that applies to Rod, though. He seems incredibly thin-skinned. He routinely lobs vicious personal insults at people who disagree with him -- I can easily furnish examples -- yet he reacts with rage and fury when anyone dares criticize him, however mildly. And, as others have noted, he is insanely control-freaky at his blog, where he deletes and disallows most critical comments. The result is that his comboxes have become tiny echo chambers consisting entirely of his sycophantic boot-licking acolytes. All 10 of them.
This is not the behavior of a practiced politician who believes all publicity is good publicity. It is the behavior of an insecure control freak.
This probably explains why in addition to maybe not really being that good of one, as a supposedly professional "writer" his blogs always do well but his books never do.

People will always line up for free snark and passive-aggressive backbiting against those the blogger seems to be bashing on their behalf, particularly if they're flattered that they're participating with a nationally known Great One in a Noble Cause Larger Than Themselves, although,frankly, precious few true A- and B-list writers nationally ever seem to give poor Rod the time of day. They can even show their grandma: lookee, Granny, Rod Dreher approved MY comment.

But when you ask them to pony up $25 hardback for a thinly veiled version of the same kind of writing...weeeellll...you know, the kids are going to need new jeans this fall. And, OH - Doritos are on sale, too.

And to add insult to injury, poor old Rodus Caesarius slapped his olive-garlanded gimme cap on backwards, drove his chariot slowly through the streets of SF, and the ungrateful crowds there just went on about their business.
pat

Dallas, TX

#273 Jul 29, 2014
But wait...could this be the growth industry WFP has been waiting for?

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher...

End times religious compounds?

“Will Blog For Food”

Since: Jun 08

Cleveland

#274 Jul 29, 2014
pat wrote:
But wait...could this be the growth industry WFP has been waiting for?
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher...
End times religious compounds?
Funny. I just commented on that post on my blog. I won't link to it here. Everyone who is interested in what I have to say can find it.
pat

Dallas, TX

#275 Jul 31, 2014
But-but-but..."People are looking for a sign", Pauli.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher...

He's right, you know. Just the other day I was looking for Exit 138b and I missed it entirely.

I'll bet, though, that Rod believes he could be that that sign...not Exit 138b, the other kind. If only someone would notice him.

Once all that Dreher land passes to him, though, "Starhill" would really rock as a millennial compound name. He wouldn't be able to pull in those Yankees that couldn't take the heat, humidity and mosquitoes, of course, but that still leaves a bunch of his blog disciples to join him there.

And after they take that Benedict Option and can't find work as lawyers or professors locally in WFP, they could still stand on the street corners of SF in their robes and sell backyard chicken eggs and other organic foodie stuff to support him.

Since: Jun 14

Location hidden

#276 Jul 31, 2014
Oh, now I get it- Rod wants to be the Woman in Black but doesn't want to have to walk anywhere. He wants to pontificate from his Benedict Option commune, which some of you believe he will create just as soon as he inherits some of the Dreher land in Star Hill.

Then he can be the "holy Fool on the HIll" and his followers will hang on his every word either in person or via the Internet (if they are Yankees who cannot stand our climate and our insects.)

Since they will not be able to get intellectually based jobs, they will sell organic food to support him like the Moonies and the Hare Krishnas do to support their gurus.

Sorry Dreher, but that's not such an original idea, but then your blogs don't contain much originality either.
rocky raccoon

Matawan, NJ

#277 Aug 1, 2014
Amused_NOT wrote:
Oh, now I get it- Rod wants to be the Woman in Black but doesn't want to have to walk anywhere. He wants to pontificate from his Benedict Option commune, which some of you believe he will create just as soon as he inherits some of the Dreher land in Star Hill.
Then he can be the "holy Fool on the HIll" and his followers will hang on his every word either in person or via the Internet (if they are Yankees who cannot stand our climate and our insects.)
Since they will not be able to get intellectually based jobs, they will sell organic food to support him like the Moonies and the Hare Krishnas do to support their gurus.
Sorry Dreher, but that's not such an original idea, but then your blogs don't contain much originality either.
They could always give away copies of his books. What kitchen can't use an extra trivet? Word at the bird is he's off to Italy in October to make some more. That last one had such a pretty picture I almost hated to put my skillet on it.
pat

Dallas, TX

#278 Aug 7, 2014
Your alternative to Sharknado 2. Same beatdown, fewer calories, zero fun:

"Is somebody going to work with the Hollywood producer who bought rights to The Little Way Of Ruthie Leming, and make a TV series out of it? I’ve pitched it as a dramatic television series,à la Friday Night Lights (the best show that ever was), that would reconceive the book’s narrative in this way: the Rod character would return to St. Francisville with his family not after her death, but after the Ruthie character’s initial diagnosis. She would live, struggling with cancer, for the duration of the series. This would set up the characters for exploring all kinds of conflicts among the moral foundations. The truth is,“Rod,” for all his theoretical traditionalism, is fairly individualistic in the context of the culture of which Ruthie was a part. And “Ruthie,” for all her practical traditionalism, was fairly individualistic in the sense that the culture she accepted without dissent had absorbed many non-traditional values. So the drama would come from a clash between two very different sensibilities, both based on characters and worldviews that are “conservative,” in Jonathan Haidt’s sense, but which lead to different conclusions when they’re actually lived out. I hope that the producer can make something work, because I would love to have the opportunity to work with a creative team to produce art that’s genuine and that moves people, and that says something true and honest about the complexities of the human condition, rather than simply consuming and critiquing it."

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher...

Oh, why not "reconceive" the Ruthie Leming "narrative" to capture some additional off-channel cable TV movie of the week cheddar. It's not as if she had been a real person with her own real life rather than a literary mannequin to be tasked as needed, and, besides, she's not complaining, is she.

Rod could even pitch The Asylum group to throw in some funding as producers to get this mutt green-lighted if he "reconceived" the "narrative" even further to have Ruthie briefly whisked up toward Heaven by the Sharknado, where she not only receives an epiphany about the Little Way, Jon Haidt's sociological creations, traditional and non-traditional moral foundations as lived out within the culture of which she was a part but, most importantly, finally comes to see in the moments before her death what a totally wonderful person her brother Rod really has been all along.
transparency

Harvey, LA

#279 Aug 8, 2014
what is Rod hiding about the Walker Percy finances? how much donated to the charity, how much spent to feed his ego?
pat

Dallas, TX

#280 Aug 8, 2014
transparency wrote:
what is Rod hiding about the Walker Percy finances? how much donated to the charity, how much spent to feed his ego?
The Walker Percy Weekend Literary Festival was conceived by Rod Dreher and that Country Roads Magazine guy and set up as a piggybacked production of Julius Freyhan Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit "dedicated to restoring the historic Freyhan School in St. Francisville for use as a multi-disciplinary arts venue". As Catfish explains in the St. Francisville Foundation thread, 501(c)3s are essentially charity tax shelters, offering their donors tax deductibility with extremely limited public reporting requirements in exchange for stating that they are ostensibly doing some sort of public good. However, without being able to measure how much money gets to the good and how much gets sopped up like gravy en route, how much public vs. private good ultimately gets done is always difficult to determine.

Incidentally, transparency, you could set up your own 501(c)3 very easily for only a few hundred dollars. A church also offers tax-deductibility and has similarly highly restricted financial reporting requirements, so you should establish one of those while you're at it.

In addition to whatever its other stated goals might have been, the WPW served Rod Dreher tremendously as a conversational tie-in on his blog for his Ruthie Leming book and many other Rod-centric interests. As an editor at The American Conservative, Rod is also paid from funds raised by a 501(3)c, The American Ideas Institute which publishes TAC. In short, Rod's day job at TAC is 501(3)c funded, while the 501(3)c's and other tax-deductible organizations he's associated with offer tax-deductibility shelter for his otherwise taxable income to the extent he utilizes them for that.

All perfectly legal and above board, and sweet as honey if you can manage it.

How the Freyhan School is making out from all this, I have no idea, but, really, at this point does anybody really care?
pat

Dallas, TX

#281 Aug 11, 2014
Course the Democrat editor's not going to be telling us much about anything if she's no longer there.

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/st-francisvil...

So who might make a replacement more acceptable to the PTB? Maybe Kermit the Frog. He's chipper, inoffensive, and color-coordinated.
concerned

Harvey, LA

#282 Aug 11, 2014
pat wrote:
Course the Democrat editor's not going to be telling us much about anything if she's no longer there.
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/st-francisvil...
So who might make a replacement more acceptable to the PTB? Maybe Kermit the Frog. He's chipper, inoffensive, and color-coordinated.
Don't forget "gullible" and "not the brightest bulb in the chandelier," which would pretty well cover the last couple of editors...
Honorable 4th Estate

Saint Francisville, LA

#283 Aug 11, 2014
People get the newspaper they deserve just like they get the government they deserve.

If you guys think the current Democrat editor is doing a good job, then write letters and emails. Demand to know if rumors are true that Ms. Willis is gone.

Someone go by there an see if she is 'on the job' still or not.

But really, who cares about Dreher and his friend Fox-Smith and the rest. if YOU think they are doing something wrong, drop a dime on them to the IRS.

Don't sit back and expect someone else to "get to the bottom if it." Take some action yourselves or just keep on posting and griping on Topix.
Observer

United States

#284 Aug 11, 2014
Honorable 4th Estate wrote:
People get the newspaper they deserve just like they get the government they deserve.
If you guys think the current Democrat editor is doing a good job, then write letters and emails. Demand to know if rumors are true that Ms. Willis is gone.
Someone go by there an see if she is 'on the job' still or not.
But really, who cares about Dreher and his friend Fox-Smith and the rest. if YOU think they are doing something wrong, drop a dime on them to the IRS.
Don't sit back and expect someone else to "get to the bottom if it." Take some action yourselves or just keep on posting and griping on Topix.
AT LAST !!! a post with thought behind it. Thanks for providing an example of what this site COULD be.
pat

Dallas, TX

#285 Aug 11, 2014
Honorable 4th Estate wrote:
People get the newspaper they deserve just like they get the government they deserve.
If you guys think the current Democrat editor is doing a good job, then write letters and emails. Demand to know if rumors are true that Ms. Willis is gone.
Someone go by there an see if she is 'on the job' still or not.
But really, who cares about Dreher and his friend Fox-Smith and the rest. if YOU think they are doing something wrong, drop a dime on them to the IRS.
Don't sit back and expect someone else to "get to the bottom if it." Take some action yourselves or just keep on posting and griping on Topix.
Maybe my point was too dense and cryptic, so I'll spell it out in block letters.

If a 501(c)3, or in this case its red-headed stepchild, in SF is trumpeting that all proceeds are going to benefit the beloved local Julian Freyhan High School, then one would expect them to be falling all over themselves begging Miz Willis to reserve them enough column inches to tell everyone in town just how much or little they raised.

Maybe that's exactly what happened: they did, what they raised for the JFHS was in the paper months age, and ya'll are just all such nice people that you didn't want to make me look stupid by pointing out how foolish I was for even asking.

Or maybe they're really going to, but all that addition and subtraction - well, that's hard, you know, and these are literary types after all. But they'll finally figure it out, and then they'll tell everybody. Promise.

But more than likely this is something they feel the peasants just don't need to know. The JFHS thing was always just a nice fig leaf which will receive enough crumbs to keep everything legal, the way these things are usually run, while whatever stream of revenue was raised quickly found itself getting slurped up in thirsty operational sands all along the way. After all, the whole point was to taste premium bourbon, not Old Grackle, and the premiumer, the better.

Point is also, no one should even have to ask.

Since: Aug 14

Location hidden

#286 Aug 12, 2014
"But more than likely this is something they feel the peasants just don't need to know. The JFHS thing was always just a nice fig leaf which will receive enough crumbs to keep everything legal, the way these things are usually run, while whatever stream of revenue was raised quickly found itself getting slurped up in thirsty operational sands all along the way. After all, the whole point was to taste premium bourbon, not Old Grackle, and the premiumer, the better.

Point is also, no one should even have to ask."

That's so right, Pat. If a non-profit is on the up-and-up, wouldn't they want everyone to know how much they made off their fundraiser and how the money was being spent?

Wouldn't they send out a press release to the LOCAL media to announce these things if they have nothing to hide?Wouldn't they have asked for coverage of their event in the LOCAL paper?

The folks who volunteer at the animal shelter had a fundraiser called "Whiskers and Wags Gala" and there was as story in the Democrat saying they raised $20,000 for homeless pets in just one night.

There was plenty of info and nagging for people to buy the $100 tickets to go to the Percy Weekend, but after the event,---crickets--- not even a single word about it in the LOCAL paper-- just another ego-boost article for Rod in the Advocate that Sunday

But then maybe Rod and the Country Roads guy feel threatened now that the Democrat has a real journalist there again..
dianeski

Rural Hall, NC

#287 Aug 12, 2014
You_must_be_joking wrote:
"But more than likely this is something they feel the peasants just don't need to know. The JFHS thing was always just a nice fig leaf which will receive enough crumbs to keep everything legal, the way these things are usually run, while whatever stream of revenue was raised quickly found itself getting slurped up in thirsty operational sands all along the way. After all, the whole point was to taste premium bourbon, not Old Grackle, and the premiumer, the better.
Point is also, no one should even have to ask."
That's so right, Pat. If a non-profit is on the up-and-up, wouldn't they want everyone to know how much they made off their fundraiser and how the money was being spent?
Wouldn't they send out a press release to the LOCAL media to announce these things if they have nothing to hide?Wouldn't they have asked for coverage of their event in the LOCAL paper?
The folks who volunteer at the animal shelter had a fundraiser called "Whiskers and Wags Gala" and there was as story in the Democrat saying they raised $20,000 for homeless pets in just one night.
There was plenty of info and nagging for people to buy the $100 tickets to go to the Percy Weekend, but after the event,---crickets--- not even a single word about it in the LOCAL paper-- just another ego-boost article for Rod in the Advocate that Sunday
But then maybe Rod and the Country Roads guy feel threatened now that the Democrat has a real journalist there again..
Hah. I love those Mystalicious Ortho-Ethics.

Perhaps Rod is above all that linear, rationalistic ethics-and-transparency stuff. But what would I know? I'm just a dumb-cluck Catholic philistine, so I don't have the mystical-shmystical phronema or whatever it's called in Convertodoxville.
pat

Dallas, TX

#288 Aug 13, 2014
dianeski wrote:
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Hah. I love those Mystalicious Ortho-Ethics.
Perhaps Rod is above all that linear, rationalistic ethics-and-transparency stuff. But what would I know? I'm just a dumb-cluck Catholic philistine, so I don't have the mystical-shmystical phronema or whatever it's called in Convertodoxville.
I'm sure the ends justified the means for Rod dianeski. I think it's called percyosis, becoming one with literary figures you would be like if life was fair.

Since: Aug 14

Location hidden

#289 Aug 13, 2014
Yes, if you cannot BE WP, then grab on to his coattails and bask in reflected glory-at least in some literary circles- by creating a Bourbon and beer drenched "literary" weekend in his honor. If he can't BE WP, Dreher can at least BE the guy who created the WP weekend.

One thing you have to hand it to Dreher for is his ability to get paid for doing noting, and writing nothing of real worth while collecting his fair share of followers, sycophants all.
pat

Dallas, TX

#290 Aug 13, 2014
For Rod, it seems to be all about control. When control eludes him, he gets depressed. Here, let him tell you in his own words.

"My own depression didn’t just come over me. It was a despairing response to events I could not control. Eventually the chronic anxiety I was going through sparked mononucleosis, which became, yes, chronic. The constant fatigue was an emotional and psychological beatdown, and it didn’t take long before it was impossible to tell the difference between my mental and physical states. I didn’t want to leave the house. All I wanted to do was sleep, read, and blog — blog, because that was the world I could control.

As longtime readers know, I finally got help. I was prideful, and didn’t think a therapist would do me any good, so I had to hit the wall and be ordered there by my doctor and my wife."

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher...

Because Rod's story changes with each blog telling it's sometimes hard to know what's really going on with him. First the problem was mono which caused everything, now it's the other way around and the anxiety which sparked the mono, which of course is odd because mono is a virus transmitted between people. First Dante cured him of the mono, now the mono's back, although that will hardly put the brakes on his book about how Dante saved him from whatever the story happens to be if and when the book finally gets bought, written, and goes to press.

But from his blog telling of all this it started well after Ruthie died and well after he got that close to a million dollar advance for writing about her, sometime after he moved to SF and encountered events he could not control. Events that caused him to tear down his local Bonnie Blue Review blog in some kind of fit, which really must have represented some kind of pressure from someone, love to know who. Events like encountering bad sour cream, I guess. And maybe events like discovering he and SF still had the same mutual loathing of one another that they had had when he was a college kid. You folks will have to fill all that local backstory in for us, but maybe that's why he's comparing you to Nigeria - in a good way, of course:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher...

So the WPW represented Rod getting at least some measure of control over SF, shaping it to his ends, getting it to do what he wanted, when he wanted, in the same way that he's turned the people on his blog into putty whose words he can shape to please him, a boy playing with living adult dolls. And naturally the same thing in spades with the WPW money. That financial info's for him to know, for him to control.

But its also extremely important for you to understand on the eve of Robin Williams' suicide that Rod is depressive, too, so that you can feel for him in exactly the same way you feel for Robin and his wife and, God forbid, not ever say or do something too upsetting to him that might push him over that same brink.

Be gentle with him, for when events exceed his control, he suffers. He told you so himself.
Observer

United States

#291 Aug 13, 2014
It appears to me that most everyone has Rod figured-out quite well. But of course that observation does not apply to Rod. He may have trouble figuring out my second sentence.

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