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Margaret McArthur (maggiethecat) retires

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#1 Dave the Cook

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 03:47 PM

Closing out an amazing and long-running stint as a Society volunteer, Margaret McArthur has resigned her post as Editorial Director of the Daily Gullet. It's not possible to thank her enough for her service, but I'll try.

Thank you, Maggie.

I'm sure that she will be the first to tell you that she's far from satisfied, but convincing her to take on the job was one the smartest things I've done in my work for the Society. During her tenure, she published more than 70 articles, many of which have been featured in other media outlets, a few of which have led to book deals and awards, and all of which underscore our mission of being the best place to discuss food and promote food literature anywhere.

She worked tirelessly to present interesting content, cajoling writers -- old-timers and new talent -- and prodding publishers to grant the Daily Gullet exclusive content and access to many notable authors. And anyone who worked under Maggie's editorial tutelage knows what a gift she has for finding the right phrase, sequencing an exposition and for knowing the difference between "further" and "farther."

Let's hope this gives Maggie more time to post -- after all, she started many of the most popular and interesting topics in eG Forums.

Thanks again, Maggie. See you on the boards.

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#2 billyhill

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 05:04 PM

And to think I had spent most of my time online today reading your "recipes of 2008" thread today.... What a very useful human being you are maggiethecat. Thank you for all you've done for this poor backward cook, I now spend too much of my disposable income on cookbooks (add 45 to your count and growing by several a month).

Thanks again,


#3 Anna N

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 05:31 PM

Many thanks, Maggie, and I hope we'll see a lot more of your posts!
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#4 snowangel

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 06:39 PM

Oh Archie, such sad news you deliver
How will Daily Gullet live without her.
The champion of the little black dress
And tales of our own MOB seamstress.
Swans and streusel , onglet, bacon and eggs
Smoking outside with sandals and bare legs.
Aunt Martha’s hot iron transfers, my dear
The artisnal prezzie season is near.
Caring for mother as she watched her die
Aterwards, her cooking mojo did lie.
Margaret, our own poet laureate
Everything you’ve written is just so great.

Three days in iambic pentameter
A big loud round of applause is due her.

Edited by snowangel, 04 October 2008 - 10:27 PM.

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 08:15 PM

Such a great deal to thank you for, Maggie. Hard to sum it all up....

But, thanks.

"And you, you're just a stinker."

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 09:20 AM

Thanks, Maggie, for all you have done. Your contributions are incalculable. Your tremendous work here helped define eGullet.com and eGullet.org. Your dedication has been exemplary.

But most importantly, you are a friend for whom I have great respect and admiration. I am lucky to know you, and those who have enjoyed reading these forums -- which you greatly enhanced via your work here -- are just as fortunate.

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#7 David Ross

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 12:25 PM

Maggie thank you for your encouragement and your willingness to give honest feedback. I appreciate it. And looking forward to some delicious posts from you in the future. Thanks. dr.

#8 maggiethecat

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 03:51 PM


I humbly read each article you sent me
How otherwise, because I know how hard
It is bare the literary thee?

It felt as if with sadness or with glee
You’d shown us through the Inside Aisles with Mom
Or shaken golden loquats from their tree.

Tim Hayward, Steven Shaw and Rachel D
Ivy and her pillows, Babbling Brooks
Chris Amirault, Dave Scantland, Janet Z.

A letter in my mailbox from Miss P.
A neighborhood in Pittsburgh from Diane
Those silly Smackdowns – Sunday evening glee!

And many thanks to you, dear Peter G.
To point out one missed tercet first time round
Where would I be sans readers such as thee?

A Villanelle’s too short to thank each writer
Who wrote and dropped those adverbs and rewrote.
My gratitude’s enormous, don’t you see?
I felt as if each word was just for me.

Write. Read. Discuss!

edited: Oops. Emotion made me forget poetic structure.

Edited by maggiethecat, 05 October 2008 - 05:32 PM.

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#9 Peter the eater

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 04:29 PM

Those are some big 3" purple heels to fill . . .

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#10 Chris Amirault

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 05:06 PM

Maggie's done so much behind the scenes to support the Daily Gullet that I don't know where to start. I'll just say this: she's been the most honest, supportive, and helpful editor I've ever had. (Chicagolanders, take note: she's also a great dining and drinking companion. )

Thanks, Maggie. You're the beans.
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#11 KatieLoeb

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 06:46 PM


What can I say? I only hope this means you'll have more time to post along with the rest of us mere mortals. eGullet just wouldn't be the same without your own special brand of wit, wisdom and smarts. Not the same at all...

Best wishes to you and I hope we've not heard the last from you. And I still hope to break bread and raise a glass again some time in the not too distant future. It was a distinct pleasure meeting you. :wub:

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 03:39 AM

Thank you for all your hard work, Maggie! I hope you do post more.

Hanging with you & the Heartland crew at the first pig pickin' ranks right up there with my fondest memories.

Cheers, Heather

Edited by hjshorter, 06 October 2008 - 04:10 PM.

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#13 Chris Hennes

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 09:01 AM

Maggie, thanks so much for all the time and effort you have dedicated to the Society over the years. I'm glad you will at least be staying around to inject your insightful wit and good humor into the discussions here, though your work with the Daily Gullet will be sorely missed.

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 09:23 AM

Usually, a person must be markedly less smart and interesting than Maggie is to be as widely beloved -- she embodies in my life a crucial counterexample to the tyranny of the mediocre.

The other day, folding out of the dryer a newly-scored vintage pink kitchen towel I mused idly is this huck or some kind of small-gauge pique, came down on the side of pique, and then thought I would take up with Maggie in future correspondence the relative merits of the two weaves.

If she wasn't too busy making paper from scratch before writing on it in iambic pentameter or hand-rolling a hem on a silk charmeuse evening gown or re-reading one of the classics because she couldn't swear 100% whether the allusion on p. 313 was Biblical or Greek. No rest for the unwicked.


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Posted 06 October 2008 - 10:58 AM

Enjoy your retirement - you've earned it!


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Posted 06 October 2008 - 07:24 PM

:wub: :wub: :wub:

more posts, please ! You are one of the few whose posts I read, regardless of topic............

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 08:58 PM

'good luck' and 'all the best' maggiethecat!

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 05:10 AM

You are truly a class broad, Maggie the Cat.

You'll never know how much I appreciated your help.


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#19 Richard Kilgore

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 09:42 AM

Thanks Maggie! You have contributed so much to the Society and our enjoyment through sheparding articles for The Daily Gullet. Probably the greatest bunch of personal essays on life with food by emerging food writers anywhere.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 11:30 AM

Thanks, Maggie. You are a class act, and I hope you will keep in touch. Your posts are a high light of this network.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 06:58 PM

Maggie has been, for me, a scrupulous editor, a generous tour guide, a delightful dining companion and a tireless coworker. Also a great friend. I'll miss having her as a fellow volunteer, but I look forward to her smart and thought-provoking topics and posts.

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 07:29 PM

Thank you, Maggie.

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 06:55 AM

Just another thanks and well wishes - you are a positive spirit in eG-land.

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 03:11 PM

Oh my, I had to take out my frilly apron and sully it today! I wore heels and had a martini as well.

Thanks. A real role model.

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Posted 10 October 2008 - 08:55 PM

Oh my, I had to take out my frilly apron and sully it today! I wore heels and had a martini as well.

Thanks. A real role model.

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Apron Lady in LBD with a martini and aching bunions from wearing the heels. Anne, your job here is really important. I salute you.

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#26 Pam R

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 09:50 PM

Maggie, it was a pleasure being part of the Canadian volunteer contingent with you. Your work with the Daily Gullet was outstanding and I was always excited to read the new stories you found for us. Thanks, Maggie. See you in the forums.

#27 Fat Guy

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 07:14 PM

Maggie took the Daily Gullet to heights none of us could have predicted or expected. Regular appearances in the Best Food Writing anthology, the highest editorial standards . . . all of us who believe in and support the eGullet Society can be proud of her accomplishments. We are in her debt. Thank you Maggie, from all of us.

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