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December 31, 2012

Best Essayist: 'I'd like to thank all the reading people.' [Bumped]

Winner - 2012 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Doug Ross @ Journal: #Fab50: Announcing the 2012 Fabulous 50 Blog Award Winners Best Essayist: Gerard Van Der Leun, American Digest.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 31, 2012 1:46 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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What is this, everyone get's a prize day? Just kidding. You're in some good company there. Or rather, the rest of them are in good company.

Posted by: Brett_McS at December 26, 2012 2:19 PM

Way to go! Well deserved but don't let down. We need you now more than ever.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at December 26, 2012 2:36 PM

Yay Gerard

Posted by: bill at December 26, 2012 4:05 PM


Posted by: BJM at December 26, 2012 4:17 PM

Good work, Gerard! Next stop Stockholm.

Posted by: edaddy at December 26, 2012 4:34 PM

I love ya Gerard, but there's gotta be an award of some kind for Daniel Greenfield.

Posted by: JimBobElrod at December 26, 2012 4:55 PM


Posted by: vanderleun at December 26, 2012 4:56 PM

You deserve it Gerard. Well done.

OH, Happy Birthday.

Posted by: Scott M at December 26, 2012 5:24 PM


Posted by: Cameron at December 26, 2012 5:58 PM

Awardery - schwardery! Just keep it rollin',Gerard. It is the keystone in the matrix of the Great Scheme of Things: but you know that.

Posted by: Frank P at December 26, 2012 6:13 PM

Glad for you.

Posted by: sTevo at December 26, 2012 6:33 PM

Congrats Gerard!

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at December 26, 2012 6:37 PM

Many congratulations to you, Gerard! And thank you for exposing me to all the other great writers who grace your sidelines. Every single one of them is worthy of an award, too.

Posted by: Jewel at December 26, 2012 7:44 PM

Now, that's a great Huanaramakwanzamas present for you there, Gerard!

What, no? Well then, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year, good sir!


Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at December 26, 2012 8:24 PM

Now, that's a great Huanaramakwanzamas present for you there, Gerard!

What, no? Well then, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year, good sir!


Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at December 26, 2012 8:24 PM

Thanks for setting the bar so high.

Posted by: Clayton in Mississippi at December 26, 2012 10:29 PM

Well deserved. Congrats.

Posted by: Bill Henry at December 26, 2012 11:56 PM

I'm so pleased to have my ranking confirmed. Congratulations Gerard.

Posted by: MizzE at December 27, 2012 5:55 AM

I always thought it was a close one between you and Greenfield, Gerard

And on a personal chest thumping note, if it is my fate to be appreciated by only one blogger on the net, I'm glad it's the best essayist in all of conservodom

Posted by: Callmelennie at December 27, 2012 7:07 AM

There IS no second place, Gerard. God bless you.

Posted by: Malagate at December 27, 2012 7:29 AM

Hey! Congrats, Gerard!

Posted by: cond0011 at December 27, 2012 8:57 AM

Best award of the bunch, and much deserved.

Posted by: Andy at December 27, 2012 9:04 AM

Congratulations, sir.

Posted by: altered states at December 27, 2012 9:10 AM

Congratulations Gerard!

Many thanks, not only for your essays, but for your introducing me to writers/blogs like Daniel Greenfield's - who I would never have stumbled upon but for your most excellent site.

Happy New Year.


Posted by: southernjames at December 27, 2012 10:29 AM

Gerard. We knew you were the best before any awards being bestowed.

Posted by: Terry at December 27, 2012 11:25 AM

Still the best! Good show Gerard.

Posted by: Raincityjazz at December 27, 2012 12:07 PM

Congrats, Gerard. I've been entertained, amused and on occasion, moved to tears by your work. Thanks for taking the time to write.

Posted by: SteveS at December 27, 2012 12:17 PM

WooHoo! Congratulations on a well-deserved award. I never miss checking your work here.

Posted by: Dinah at December 27, 2012 12:19 PM

A well deserved accolade, my good man. Congratulations.

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at December 27, 2012 12:56 PM

Congratulations, Gerard! It's a well-deserved award.

Posted by: John Farrier at December 27, 2012 2:43 PM

I love Greenfield, but I wouldn't say he's the better craftsman. He's a great writer. So are you. Your posts here are works of art. They always have a delicious cadence. They take off at a pace that sets a tone and then they move toward something, and find it, and shed light on it, and some grace. If we're giving prizes for sheer beauty of prose, it makes sense to honor Mr. Gerard Vanderleun!

Posted by: Sarah Rolph at December 27, 2012 3:28 PM

Congrats Gerard. Well deserved.

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at December 27, 2012 3:47 PM

Never a day of dull reading here! Or listening...especially Beethovens 5 secrets from the piano guys.

Posted by: indyjonesouthere at December 27, 2012 4:22 PM

Essayist, you say? Only the best! Congratulations, my friend.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at December 27, 2012 6:25 PM

What I've been saying. Today and yesterday. You are hands down the most wonderful.

Posted by: nlmoss at December 27, 2012 6:40 PM

I've always considered you the finest writer on the web. Well deserved.

Posted by: mark smith at December 28, 2012 7:45 AM

Excellent Gerard. This site and your writing are a treasure. And I get to find out wonderfuly wicked stuff, like Anna Wintour's "hobby" when she worked at Penthouse. :-)

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at December 28, 2012 9:03 AM

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