NotGraphs: A Valedictory Statement

In his collection of aphorisms The Trouble with Being Born — a text from which the present author has quoted with embarrassing frequency in the most recent episodes of FanGraphs Audio featuring Dayn Perry — Romanian philosopher/misanthrope Emil Cioran ejaculates the following, apropos little besides the troublesome burden of existence:

My vision of the future is so exact that if I had children, I should strangle them here and now.

With horror, is one reasonable way of reacting to Cioran’s declaration — horror that a man might exterminate his own issue based merely on a foreboding sense of the future. Considerable delight, however, is the more appropriate sensation — delight at the ecstatic dimensions of Cioran’s rampant pessimism (while also recognizing that people really, definitely shouldn’t kill babies).

What the current post represents is the final one ever to appear at NotGraphs. For those who’ve enjoyed the site — and there are more of those sorts than I would have expected — its end might be cause for horror or something like horror. As is the case with Cioran’s sentiment, however, the more appropriate reaction is delight.

Mike Bates and Robert Baumann and David Temple and Navin Vaswani have all enumerated the site’s virtues more ably than I could. I thank their dumb, absurd faces for that. Now what we have, with the death of the site, is the liberating pleasure that attends the end of a thing. Not the end of a child, mind you — because that would represent an offense very punishable by law — but of a thing that wasn’t terrible and somehow remained not terrible until the end.

Thank you, everyone, for making the constantly poor decision to visit this site. Consider making more of those (i.e. poor decisions) by means of visiting Banknotes Industries.

Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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(Still) James
9 years ago


Well-Beered Englishman
9 years ago
Reply to  (Still) James


Please remember that, while NotGraphs takes its premature earthly rest on these pages, the spirit, wanton recklessness, and creative staff of NotGraphs live on at Banknotes Industries.

Again, I hope to see all of you there, and I hope we all enjoy many more years of twerking baseball players, avant-garde plays featuring Corey Kluber, and Dick Allen Research together.

Eric F
9 years ago

You can count me in.

The spirit and atmosphere on these electronic pages cannot be found anywhere else.

Farewell NotGraphs, and long live Banknotes Industries!

D'Angelo Jiminez
9 years ago
Reply to  Eric F

Oops. Wrong web site.

9 years ago

Hear, Hear. I shall follow you to this place. Period.

Well-Beered Englishman
9 years ago
Reply to  Failedstate

As an aside, while we’re all confessing our feelings: I was always envious of your username.

The Return of Rambo Diaz
9 years ago

I’ve been rabidly jealous of both your usernames for as long as I’ve seen you here. A Plus-100 to you both.

I don't care what anyone
9 years ago

I still think you all are the greatest….

stuck in a slump
9 years ago


9 years ago

Didn’t he run in 2012?

Charles Debonair
9 years ago

So it’s been several months, and I think it is now safe to say that Banknotes Industries is actually quite terrible. Notgraphs it is not.

Comment Number 335
9 years ago

Savoir Faire, is everywhere!

Comment Number 430
8 years ago

So am I

9 years ago
Reply to  (Still) James

They can’t stop me from sending hot sports news to not+tips at fangraphs dot com!!!