I only got one pitch accepted by The Toast while it was alive. I’m sorry I didn’t have time, or the ability to pitch and write more for them. Mallory Ortberg came up with something weird and bizarre and special, and that it is closing after such a short run is a sad day for all.
And that was before Hillary Clinton wrote the farewell note for today’s send off.
I’m looking forward to seeing what they — and the many great writers who’ve contributed to The Toast — do next. (At least two are working for my campaign!) As we look back at what this site has meant to so many of you, I hope you’ll also look forward and consider how you might make your voice heard in whatever arenas matter most to you. Speak your opinion more fervently in your classes if you’re a student, or at meetings in your workplace. Proudly take credit for your ideas. Have confidence in the value of your contributions. And if the space you’re in doesn’t have room for your voice, don’t be afraid to carve out a space of your own. You never know — you might just be the next Nicole Cliffe, Mallory Ortberg or Nikki Chung.
Apparently Nicole wanted funny. Have to say, this is better. As one commentor put it: “I HAVE NEVER BEEN PANDERED TO SO EFFECTIVELY BEFORE.”
I’ll miss you, The Toast. And once again, I’m with her.