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Hi there, I appreciate your candor and the depth of your writing. I have to pick and choose how many newsletters I can subscribe to and I'm still getting to know yours. So thank you for having some free contact that allows that to happen.
Good Job, Matt. May capitalism and the dream of financial independence never die. Your soft-sell tugged at my 50-something heart strings and you are my first ever paid subscription service for social and political drivel. You make me laugh and make me think. Thanks Mate.
Matt, have enjoyed your writing over the past couple of months. I think I discovered you through JVL recommendation. Anyway, you and I are about the same age and (it seems) share similar interests: family, fishing, dogs, sarcasm, sustenance, etc. Many of your reflections on your childhood remind me of a book, ‘Stingray Afternoons,’ written by Steve Rushin. Your boyhood experiences, like Rushin’s, are remarkably similar to mine…despite the fact that I grew up in a smallish West Texas town that, back then, felt separated from any other place. As I bunny-hopped my Schwinn Mag Scrambler over my brother’s outstretched arm, it never occurred to me that countless other young guns were doing the same. The world got smaller as I grew larger. Grateful for your contributions to thoughts and entertainment. Wishing you the best in your Substack endeavor. I’m here for it.
I love your column and feel it’s worth maybe another $100 for your cause. You’re maybe my favorite these days (I actually get very excited when I see your column in my inbox). But I don’t see a way to send another $100, just $250, which I just can’t do right now (granddaughters birthdays are both in February and they are more important to me than you are, no offense intended). So how can I send $100 to express my true appreciation for your writing?
Loved the Bill Murray clip! Especially the ending when he points the hose at his socked sandaled feet! Love you Matt. Well worth the 5 bucks a month
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I have known Matt since he was born. His beautiful sister Tam she she was born. His mom and dad for over 50 years. One of the best families. I can honestly say that even though we are cousins and absolutely not because we are cousins. I have followed this mans career since his dad let it be known he was being published many many years ago. Talk about a proud "Dad moment". If you are new to Matt and these musings and are not sure about dropping 50.00 or broken down that is 4.16 a month. Much better than the 19.99 a month the talking heads for every organization on TV these days. Please go look him up. He has done truly fascinating interviews, incredibly funny and insightful columns. He was valued so much by The Weekly Standard that he was given free reign to write what he wanted and not a politicized piece, which was the Standards lot in life. And he did so on Bill Kristols dime. (wait maybe that is why they are no longer in business) Oh and in case you did not know Matt is a published author of a book. Go on you know you want to look it up. I am not telling here. What it all boils down to is this "special" place we have been invited into by Matt is a respite from all the noise we have in our daily lives. An opportunity to sit at the bar with your friends and have an opportunity to catch your breath and have a conversation via the comments with your friends. You have the ability to Agree, Disagree, Agree to Disagree but still be friends until Matt sends out his next viewpoint, thus the Bar is Open. I would bet most of us spend more than 50.00 for just one night at our favorite watering hole. Please join me and others in lively mostly cordial discussions without fear of a DUI/DWI. Most importantly his amazing wife and kids will appreciate you
I consider an investment in Slack Tide an investment in my mental well-being (and much cheaper than Xanax!). Along with some of the most obscure, yet wonderful music videos you may ever see -- like the one here now.
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Ok, I subscribed. For your evangelical readers:
-A workman is worthy of his wages.
-Do not muzzle the ox while he is threshing.
So whether you think he is doing workmanlike writing or is full of BS, you have to pay the man.
I have a request that would help me pay you more efficiently. I originally subscribed on a monthly basis because I thought if I didn’t enjoy the reading, I would cancel it. Now, I would not like to pay you for the full year so I don’t get an annoying tiny amount deducted from my credit card every month. Is there a way I can change over? I’d also like to not pay the discount. It doesn’t seem fair to you. Signed, “A Satisfied Reader”
Here's a thought...maybe when you get a Slack Tide merch store up & runnin' you could make nice with the Honchos at BP and snag a licensing agreement for some Matt Labash Special Edition BASS PRO SHOPS hats. When the trolls hit the paywall and don't bite, offer them a limited chance at some one-off blather for the cost of same, maybe a second one free for a fellow troll, just pay separate shipping & handling. Troll $$$ as green as anyone's for your favorite "charities", right? And of course, Daddy's Medicine. Here's to your continued success. Cheers!
Great writing, topics and attitude. I won't pass up the opportunity to remind friends that your bullshit is better than all the other bullshit out there. I hope to win them over to subscribers too. Just don't get a real "Bullshit Job" in journalism again.
I want Labash swag. Where's the swag?
Glad I subscribed and thanks for continuing to post here. Other political/cultural columnists don't write about flyfishing enough.
Btw I've enjoyed your writing since I read your Marion Barry profile. I got a kick out of that as DC native. My only Barry sighting was in the mid-aughts around or possibly past midnight at the New Vegas Lounge. He was on the dance floor dressed to the nines with a lady around each arm. No one else I was with (out-of-towners) could understand why I was acting like I just saw Elvis. Your piece seemed to capture the man well.
Matt is a national treasure. Think John Prine with a keyboard. Please send him a little cash.
Been a fan since the late 90s. My then-girlfriend, now-wife were driving from Houston to Seattle and on her turn to drive I read an article you’d written about how elementary schools were banning dodgeball. I’m going by a 25-year old memory but it seems like you wound up playing a game of dodgeball with a bunch of the kids at one school and you went after them “like the grown up dickweed I am” or something to that effect. I giggled about that line the rest of the trip. In fact it’s making me smile now all these years later, so much so that I just upgraded to the $250 Excelsior plan or whatever it’s called. Good luck on the new adventure buddy
Terrrrrriffffic stuff. Happy to have snagged the elevator in the lobby.
Since you don’t like “building community”. Why don’t you call the comments section, “bellying up to th’bar”