The Sacramone mystery solved

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:

Herr Veith:
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.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Greg Smith

    Amen to your Luther at the Movies comment.

  • Greg Smith

    Amen to your Luther at the Movies comment.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I think it’s clear that Mr. Sacramone requires beatings administered at regular intervals. And Dr. Luther is just the man to do it.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I think it’s clear that Mr. Sacramone requires beatings administered at regular intervals. And Dr. Luther is just the man to do it.

  • kerner

    “BRING BACK LUTHER AT THE MOVIES”!

    Anthony, I’ve been sayin’ that for years. Maybe it’s a little like saying “Bring back Gone with the Wind”, i.e. a classic that cannot be recreated, but we can dream, can’t we?

  • kerner

    “BRING BACK LUTHER AT THE MOVIES”!

    Anthony, I’ve been sayin’ that for years. Maybe it’s a little like saying “Bring back Gone with the Wind”, i.e. a classic that cannot be recreated, but we can dream, can’t we?

  • Tom Hering

    “‘Bring back Gone with the Wind”, i.e. a classic that cannot be recreated …”

    That won’t stop Hollywood from doing it anyways. Especially these days, when dozens of remakes are in the works.

  • Tom Hering

    “‘Bring back Gone with the Wind”, i.e. a classic that cannot be recreated …”

    That won’t stop Hollywood from doing it anyways. Especially these days, when dozens of remakes are in the works.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Does that mean I should request a refund for these tickets I bought to Gone With the Wind, Part II: Even More Gone?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Does that mean I should request a refund for these tickets I bought to Gone With the Wind, Part II: Even More Gone?

  • boaz

    First things only lets Catholics talk doctrine.

    Glad to hear about the website. When I see Lutheran blogs go offline, I wonder if they are swimming some dank river or channel away from the Gospel.

  • boaz

    First things only lets Catholics talk doctrine.

    Glad to hear about the website. When I see Lutheran blogs go offline, I wonder if they are swimming some dank river or channel away from the Gospel.

  • Purple Koolaid

    Thank you Dr Veith for this information. Interestingly enough, I encountered the “invitation only” and figured I wasn’t invited. So now I am joyfully reading the blog but it looks like he has been posting for a LONG time, even though it was not up?? Are you sure it wasn’t invite only?? I’m wondering.

  • Purple Koolaid

    Thank you Dr Veith for this information. Interestingly enough, I encountered the “invitation only” and figured I wasn’t invited. So now I am joyfully reading the blog but it looks like he has been posting for a LONG time, even though it was not up?? Are you sure it wasn’t invite only?? I’m wondering.

  • http://aardvarkalley.blogspot.com/ Orycteropus Afer

    Color me pink. As in so tickled. DV, Herr Doktor Luther will drag himself away from the table one of these days and start yelling at Anthony once again.

  • http://aardvarkalley.blogspot.com/ Orycteropus Afer

    Color me pink. As in so tickled. DV, Herr Doktor Luther will drag himself away from the table one of these days and start yelling at Anthony once again.


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