IN 1807, when Washington Irving, his brother William and James K. Paulding began publishing a journal devoted mainly to social and political satire, they called it "Salmagundi; or, the Whim-Whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq., and Others." Today we introduce our own salmagundi. We can't promise you the opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq., but we do hope to bring a lighter, brighter touch to the editorial page fare.
Each day in this space, we will offer a potpourri of items, a hodge podge, a kind of editorial tossed salad. That, after all, is the original meaning of the word: "A mixed dish, as of chopped meat and picked herring, with oil, vinegar, pepper and onions." We won't promise all ingredients every day, but you get the picture. Some days we'll offer comments on the passing scene. We may quote other newspapers or highlight an especially good passage from books, magazines or other publications. As the campaign season progresses, we may find it worthwhile or at least entertaining to quote a few politicians at length. And on most days, we'll include Dan Berger's witticisms and wry observations on events.
Whatever the ingredients, our goal is to keep Salmagundi full of interest, surprises and even edification.
Salmagundi is not the only change today. You will notice that The Forum has moved to this page, in order to open more space for our Other Voices contributors.