The Lutheran blogosphere has been in a state of disturbance since the disappearance of Anthony Sacramone. When you go to his blog site, Strange Herring, a window comes up that says that it is available by invitation only. Since no one has an invitation, that has provoked outrage and hurt feelings, with an inchoate fear that Mr. Sacramone has been murdered. (Sorry, I’ve been reading Swedish mysteries.) So it comes as something of a scoop for this blog that Mr. Sacramone in a comment came out of his self-imposed exile and explained himself. In case you missed it, here is what he had to say:
The attention you have shown my online wares over the years is both undeserved…and much appreciated. As for Strange Herring, as you have noted, my enthusiasm waxes and wanes for it, as I question its value, even entertainment value, over the long haul. I have also mulled the possibility of re-jiggering it, making it more focused, perhaps strictly on film. In any event, I found myself inundated with some editing work and just didn’t want to think about it anymore, so I took it offline, which I now recognize was a mistake, as it seems to have offended some who thought I had made it for members only, when in fact not even I go on it (LARS! IT WAS NOTHING PERSONAL!). Also, I have been informed that FIRST THINGS is looking for a more “moderate tone,” and since I don’t do moderate, I have probably blogged my last over there. So, as soon as I can figure out how best to peddle my limited talents, I promise to reemerge.
So the message about the blog being by invitation only is just a quirk of the software, nothing personal! So thank you, Mr. Sacramone, and we understand. Take all the time you need, but just realize that you have lots of fans and you have an obligation to the public good.
Do what you please, of course, but I implore you in your new re-jiggering to BRING BACK LUTHER AT THE MOVIES, at least sometimes, at least as a special guest. Your portrayal of him as if he came back to live today as a movie critic, as unlikely as that might seem, just nails the personality, the earthy spirituality, and the gusto of the great man. That is a literary achievement of great note.
UPDATE: Oh, man. Strange Herring is back, and Mr. Sacramone is on another roll. He says some kind things about us here, so thanks for that, but there is much more good stuff. I’m glad we shamed him so effectively.