The Toast is closing. Long live The Toast.
I’m not sure what the point of this post is going to be, but I feel like I need to acknowledge the internet news of today in some way. As a feminist cat-loving writer, recently turned librarian, The Toast is, was, a community I felt at home in. (Even if I only broke my lurker status about a month ago.) I live on literature, news, and feminism stitched together with satire and self awareness.
As saddened as I am by the closing of The Toast, I also look forward to the future of their contributors. I can’t wait to see what Mallory, Nicole, Jaya, Nikki, Marco and all of the other contributors have to offer in the coming years. Maybe this will actually make me get on Twitter more than once a month. I MUST KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING NEXT. Anyway…
The internet breeds both massive communities and microcosms. The Toast was somewhere in between. You start to recognize those usernames with well-placed comments and gifs. You start to wait for the next article in that series you love. You also start to realize you are far too witches for the rest of the internet. It was a place where writing, where art, brought together a community.
Ahh, there we are. I know where this post is going.
Throughout the run of The Toast Mallory and Nicole have been fairly transparent about the ways in which money affects their writing and running of the site. In a time when we have The Huffington Post giving us reasons why not paying authors is really in the best interest of art– it’s more authentic that way— we also have The Toast acknowledging that the creation of art can be hindered by that very lack of monetary support. As much as we might try, artists cannot exist on the ephemeral love and creation of their art.
Rather than falling into a depressive funk today about losing something, look forward to what is to come. Together as a community we can promote artists. Go to that webcomic you read every day or that blog you always go to for recipes. Find their Patreon, their donation button, or their personal homing pigeon and give them something, anything, for the art that you enjoy everyday.
Today, toast an artist.