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1. There's been a pretty wild amount of transition in my life over the past three years. Through breakups, law school, a move to a new city, career freakouts, life freakouts, parents splitting up: this community has been such a thoughtful, funny, and kind sounding board. Thank you all for being so, so lovely.
2. I've always ~had~ a pretty strong voice, but I really, really want to thank you all and this website for reminding me that... it's good and worthy to love your weird obsessions, and passion is worthwhile, even if it means that you get kind of sweaty and goggle-eyed about 19th century Gothic novels while on a date.
3. I RESENT THE EDITORS FOR ENDING THIS WEBSITE, BECAUSE WHY SHOULD THEY NEED TO ~HAVE MONEY~ OR ~TIME WITH THEIR LOVED ONES~. An outrage, I tell you! But really, the fact that they made something this wonderful for this long is incredible.
4. This is literally the nerdiest humblebrag, but once Sara Miles complimented my hair while handing me communion, and I feel like this website is the one place on earth where others will appreciate this fact in the way it deserves to be appreciated.
Like, I actually really like law, and I'll be so excited to have a JD soon. But. There's a sort of toxic culture to law school, where it feels like there's a gross peer pressure to stamp out all joy and creativity and individuality with Tory Burch flats and low-key alcoholism. The Toast served as this lovely, weird outlet from that culture, where I had a group of people who liked gabbin' about God, speculating about the Wishbone pitch meeting, and having borderline creepy obsessions with John Cho. And as a lefty feminist who grew up evangelical - and has a lot of positive associations with that! - it was so nice to have a community of folks who "get" it, or at least were willing to listen.
Anyway, with the upcoming closure of this website I started taking classes at UCB on the side and nurturing my deeply weird, creative self. Because that is inherently valuable! And you all made me realize that! I'm so thankful for the lovely community that you guys have built, and grateful for its impact on my life.
(But seriously, I have pretty much shared that piece with everyone I know and I judge people by whether they get it.)
Literally I am singing "You Belong to Me" in my head except Taylor is the one in short skirts and heels.
I mean, who knows! Maybe everything is above board! But considering that Harris deleted all evidence of Swift from his Instagram and removed a nice and conciliatory post-breakup tweet, I think there's a decent chance twiddleswift might have gotten started pre-breakup.
This is, of course, all trashy speculation.