I had hoped to have The Letter out to you yesterday. Actually, it was more than hope, it was a concrete plan. I started it and then things like the holidays and other factors got in the way and now I’m not going to be able to get it finished and into a mailbox until the 27th.
Here’s hoping you and your family have a great Christmas.
Just a quick note to point you to this week’s Saturday Evening Post column, where I talk about the best books of the year, homeless Muppets, Friends, Christmas cards, and fruitcake, among other things.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That special season when strangers you pass on the street, the people at the supermarket, your close friends and family, with a twinkle in their eye and a bright, wide smile, all greet you in the same way.
“Die Hard is a Christmas movie!”
Sigh. Yes, it’s a Christmas movie (and a great movie, period), but at this point it’s not a particularly insightful observation. You’re not being clever or contrarian by saying it. It has gotten to the point where saying the opposite would be the more daring viewpoint. Last year I wrote a piece for Vulture on great non-Christmas Christmas movies (that aren’t Die Hard), and I thought you might like to read it if you haven’t already.
(By the way, remind me some time to tell you about the behind-the-scenes ridiculousness that happened when I wrote that piece. Let’s just say I’m not in any mood to write about movies for Vulture again any time soon.)
Here’s another festive season link, the Christmas song supermix I did a few years ago. I’ve been too lazy to make another one but this has some great stuff on it.