Today marks the launch of Pajamas Media’s new group blog, The Tatler, which occupies a permanent spot on our front page. Where did we get the name? From the original bloggers, Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele, founders of the Tatler periodical back in 1709:
At first its avowed intention was to present accounts of gallantry, pleasure, and entertainment, of poetry, and of foreign and domestic news. These all were reported and “issued” from various London coffee and chocolate houses. In time The Tatler began to investigate manners and society, establishing its principles of ideal behaviour, its concepts of a perfect gentleman and gentlewoman, and its standards of good taste. Dueling, gambling, rakish behaviour, and coquettishness were criticized, and virtuous action was admired.
Addison & Steele’s Tatler published about three times a week. We’ll publish a whole lot more often than that. The PJ Tatler, which is part of a slight redesign of PJM that includes a new spot for PJTV content up top on the front page and moving a few things around a little bit, features an ecclectic mix of bloggers, writers, thinkers, policy champions and cultural leaders, ones you’ve grown to love as XPress bloggers and contributors here, and names with which you’re familiar from other settings. Guest bloggers will occasionally log in, both news writers and news makers, and mystery bloggers.
Rather than introduce all of the dozens of contributors we have lending us their thoughts and pixels here, keep up with them there. Follow the gang on Twitter. The Tatler will be a free-for-all, constantly updated conversation about anything and everything that’s happening around the world. We hope that you’ll bookmark us and join us as often as you can.
Update: We already have some great posts up at the Tatler. Clarice Feldman writes that the Pima County sheriff may have dropped the ball on Loughner. Richard Pollock describes this morning’s moment of silence in Congress. I’m looking for a Gadsden flag, and not seeing it. Ed Driscoll finds a headline that the New York Observer probably wants to take back. Chris Horner says a GOP senator may have already caved to the EPA. And a lot more.