May 20, 2011

Panhandlearama 2011

It's time to shake my tin cup again and ask you to help me stay in business as a writer.   

I believe I provide good value. 

In fact, I think I'm getting funnier as I get older. I'm not exactly sure why that is. When I look at my family budget, I can't imagine what's so funny. Perhaps, though, the world is just moving in the directions I've always figured it would, leaving me with a certain gleefulness. 

While I'm tooting my own horn, I want to call attention to my book reviewing. I believe I've emerged in this current decade as the best reviewer of serious (but not scholarly -- i.e., public intellectual) nonfiction in the country. At least, that is, in what I see as the most important element in reviewing public intellectuals' books: debugging a long argument and pointing out where the author's logic goes off track. (Here are some of the books I've reviewed in 2011, and keep an eye out for my review of Francis Fukuyama's new magnum opus in the next issue of The American Conservative.)

You can send me an email and I'll send you my P.O. Box address.

Or, you can use Paypal to send me money directly. Use any credit card or your Paypal account. To get started, just click on the orange Paypal "Donate" button on the top of the column to the right.

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14 comments:

spandrell said...

I got my first paycheck, so I'm paying for all the student years were I was reading your blog instead of listening to the lame PC professors.

Anonymous said...

Done. RGM

Kevin said...

Didn't Dave Barry say that "laughter is something we do when something doesn't make sense"?

Ray Sawhill said...

Done.

jack strocchi said...

ss said

I believe I've emerged in this current decade as the best reviewer of serious (but not scholarly -- i.e., public intellectual) nonfiction in the country.

I agree, but you really should have let me say that. Then you could have come up with some self-deprecating way of reinforcing the message.

The cheque is in the email.

Anonymous said...

Tell Brimelow to raise your salary instead of hoarding the VDare donations to gamble on the stock market.

Anonymous said...

What happens if your embracing of social media leads to 10-20 people you don't like getting subscriptions to AC?

I mean we all know what happens when there's the one person you just can't stand who dares to read your blog, VDare and subscribe to AC.

I really would be interested in knowing your game plan when you ultimately attract more of the great unwashed.

Good luck with donations, btw.

Anonymous said...

This blog is better value than the subs I've had to Newsweek and the FT and others.
So I've donated.

Jamie said...

Steve, the 'Donate' page sucks: after I entered all the information (twice), it claimed I have a PayPal account (which I do, but it has obsolete data), and forgot about my cc payment. If it went through, it went through. If not, please fix the Donate page.

Steve Sailer said...

"If not, please fix the Donate page."

My apologies. Any suggestions on how?

I'm perpetually frustrated by the poor quality of web pages for accepting donations -- for example, I spent a couple of hours last night trying to get Amazon's to work to no avail.

And when I do get them to work, the hosts often change something with a few months that means they stop working.

Wes said...

Yes you certainly deserve it, I 'll make another donation. By the way, I don't get the point of twitter either for most people.

Anonymous said...

beggar!

Fred said...

You have some number of wealthy readers. You should offer a "Chairman's Round Table" level of donation, and set it at $500 or $1000 per year. Then invite donors to join you for an exclusive dinner with you at a four star steakhouse in LA. Cap it at a dozen for exclusivity (if you get enough donors at this level, you could do this in other cities as well).

Then charge a sponsor (maybe a fancy gun manufacturer) another $6,000 to give a five minute presentation at the dinner.

Anonymous said...

"You have some number of wealthy readers. You should offer a "Chairman's Round Table" level of donation, and set it at $500 or $1000 per year."

Fred as Sailer's pimp. I like it.

I prefer my dunkin' booth fundraiser for Steve-o, but, that you've got some wealthy Catholics or whatever who would lay out some serious cash to have their views presented in the media is valid enough.

Still, I'm pretty sure I'd come up with $100 for 3 shots at dropping Steve into a tank of water. He wouldn't even have to be wearing speedos for this to be appealing.