Welcome to Civil Pleasures, the tablet edition of Portico. In the not-too-distant future, we hope, you will find inside a wealth of Web pages devoted to the usual topics of civil humanism: books, current affairs, life in New York City, and what we had for dinner last night. (We promise to write something more earnest when the pages actually appear and that smell of fresh beta wears off.)

Portico is now in its eleventh year. It was designed by Megan Keefe (as she then was) in answer to a father's plea. We hope that nothing in this successor site will pain Megan O'Neill (as she is now). We dedicate Civil Pleasures to her at least until the smell of fresh beta &c. Now, come on in.