About The Dandy Goat

What people are saying about the Dandy Goat:

“Grossly underrated. No, actually I was referring canine intelligence.”

-Cesar Millan, dog wizard

“Very clever writing for someone whose frontal lobe was partially removed. Wait … oh, that was a joke?”

-Steven Pinker, tongue expert

“You misspelled my name.”

-Operah Windfrey, television hostess

“I love everything about the Dandy Goat, especially the pointed, topical parodies that wage endless war against the whiners who dominate the media landscape. There, I read your stupid description. Now where’s my five bucks?”

-Gus O., bar patron sitting next to us

“It’s way too soon to be making jokes. The man only died last month, for crying out loud!”

-Nina P., Robin Williams fan

 

The Dandy Goat of New England was a monthly magazine established in 1847 by Nathaniel Dubbles, a prominent social reformer. He sought to publish essays that combined the latest fashions in thinking with popular sentiment. Its first print run of 500 copies sold out almost immediately. However, soon afterwards the popularity of The Dandy Goat of New England waned as readers found their intellectual faculties scarcely sufficient for a magazine written by the most learned of men.

This is one of the few surviving copies of The Dandy Goat of New England. Historians presume that most were used as kindling.

This photo shows the only surviving copy of The Dandy Goat of New England. Historians fear most were used as kindling.

 

Only three copies of the June 1849 issues were sold, thus ushering in the end of the fine publication.

Illustration of Augie the Goat from1847. Courtesy of the Chicester Historical Society.

Illustration of Augie the Goat from 1847. Courtesy of the Chicester Historical Society.

More than 160 years later, The Dandy Goat of New England was brought back to life by Franklin J. Dubbles, the great-great-great grandson of Nathaniel Dubbles. The first article, published on June 20, 2013, covered a little-reported protest by a group of Hollywood actors demanding an end to the stereotype that Hollywood actors are inclined to protest in favor of trendy causes.

The Dandy Goat's first article, which appeared on June 20, 2013.

The Dandy Goat’s first article, which appeared on June 20, 2013.

The struggle to obtain total freedom from the judgement of one’s peers was important to Nathaniel Dubbles, an eccentric man who felt his neighbors’ curious gazes were cast with the weight of a papal edict.

The redesigned Augie is reflective of the The Dandy Goat's eye on the future.

The redesigned Augie is reflective of The Dandy Goat’s eye on the future.

Like the original publication, The Dandy Goat’s editorial philosophy is to mix the latest and best ways of thinking with the force of unchallengeable public sentiment. The Dandy Goat strives to cover major goings-on and compel its readers to adopt new and better opinions.

As Nathaniel Dubbles succinctly put it:

We strive to teach the untaught by prodding persons to think the hitherto unthought.

-March 7th, 1847

From a letter written by Nathaniel Dubbles to the reformer Henry Trask