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Did you procrastinate this holiday season? Worried about supply chains? What if I told you about a present you didn’t have to wait on Amazon for?
I’m talking about a gifted Subscription to House of Strauss. For one moderate payment, you can give your family member, friend, or mafia consigliere the ideal Christmas present of, well, let me think about it. Perhaps you explain the gift with the following easy elevator pitch:
You: It’s a Subscription to House of Strauss, on this thing called Substack. It covers sports, business, culture and politics.
Them: From what political perspective?
You: Politically ambiguous, I think? I guess some people would call it centristy or anti-woke, but the proprietor would probably say that such descriptions are often reductive attempts at stigmatizing reasonable observations about a media hivemind so conformist that it’s losing its connection to reality.
Them: How do I differentiate that verbose message from this LeBron James’ IG post I laughed at in a group chat and dismissed as “sorority girl talk?”
You: I don’t know, but you sound sort of sexist, so maybe you’d like this essay that was attacked as being just that.
Them: Was it sexist?
You: No, stop buying into the frames powerful institutions use to mystify their increasing mediocrity.
Them: Wait, you said the site talks about sports. Will it help my fantasy team?
You: Everything in here will actively hurt your fantasy team.
Them: I see. So why should I buy his sports takes?
You: He once wrote about the Golden State Warriors.
Them: Does he still? I love watching the Warriors of Golden State!
You: No, he does not. But one day he might.
Them: One day?? Wow!
You see? Easy.
In all seriousness, I’m not totally sure why this site has been successful so far, but I appreciate any and all who’ve contributed to it actually working out. I enjoy the Weekend Threads by you readers and believe they breathe life into whatever this is.
Additionally, I’m doing this deal for gifters in December. If you send someone an HoS sub, you are allotted one 15-minute phone call with yours truly to pitch story ideas. Only if you actually want that, of course. If you do, email me at email@example.com and we’ll make it happen. Looking forward to speaking with some of you and happy holidays to all.