pantagruel-feast2It’s a sad day as the New Pantagruel signs off… I’ll miss their lively articles, interesting essays and fiction, and their occasional poetry. So now the Whorehouse is quiet, the music is dying, no sounds to be heard above the clink of glasses and occasional
curse… least of all hymns to refocus our attention on what is important. But sadness is not the only emotion… no one should dwell on what is lost, least of all Christians… and the people of the New Pantagruel themselves do not see this as a negative… indeed they say, their foray was never intended to be long term… consider their summary of their three year task:

As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn’t go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction…


Ours can largely be summed up as a localist, decentralist, anarcho-Christian and authentically conservative approach to politics and culture. As we have written previously, we believe that to suffer one’s place and one’s people in the particularity of its and their needs is the only true basis for finding love, friendship, and an authentic, meaningful life. This is nothing less than the key to the pursuit of Christian holiness, which is the whole of the Christian adventure: to live in love with the frailty and
limits of one’s existence, suffering the places, customs, rites, joys, and sorrows of the people who are in close relation to you by family, friendship, and community–all in service of the truth, goodness, and beauty that is best experienced directly. The discipline of place teaches that it is more than enough to care skillfully and lovingly for one’s own little circle, and this is the model for the good life, not the limitless jurisdiction of the ego, granted by a doctrine of choice, that is ever seeking its
own fulfillment, pleasure, and satiation.

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Here’s a collection of my favorite essays and articles from their archives:

Take some time and look through these and other thought provoking pieces on the site. I wish the folks at tNP well…

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