Count me as someone who would like to see The Dish continue after Andrew Sullivan’s retirement. I have been reading Andrew for as long as he’s been published, and have been a happy Dish Head since its first day. I don’t pay directly for much on the Internet, but his site has been well worth my time and money.
Andrew is a hard and deep thinker, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than reading something of his that I am inclined to disagree with to see if he can change my mind. Sometimes he has (the Clintons’ lust for power), sometimes not (NFL concussions), and sometimes I’m left suspended in mid-air (Trig Palin).
But there’s a less discussed aspect to The Dish that I would like to see survive him. Over the years, it has developed into what would have been called, in an earlier time, a salon. A great deal of Dishness happens when Andrew steps aside and just serves as the host for a vivacious discussion among well-informed and highly interesting voices.
My guess is that this is not something he is able to achieve on his own. The staff at The Dish has developed a keen judgment about what things are worth my time. And that includes not only thoughtful and sometimes dyspeptic argument, but also the invaluable Mental Health Breaks, the cream of dog and cat videos, and the Sunday Sermons that are better than anything I remember from any Catholic priest I ever had to listen to.
Even without Andrew, I think that sensibility can continue. I know it is something I rely on, and possibly am addicted to. The Dish filters out much of the Internet’s toxicity. We are all going to need sites with that kind of judgment in the years to come. I’m ready to continue supporting the people who are doing that job so well right now, if they are willing.