Posts Tagged: A Christmas Carol

Notable NYC: 12/10–12/16

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Saturday 12/10: Mike Albo, Sandra Bauleo, Alexander Chee, Marcy Dermansky, Natalie Diaz, Elif Batuman, Angela Flournoy, Jill Hennessy, Alice Sola Kim, Téa Obreht, Rosie Schaap, Elissa Schappell, Parul Sehgal, Jamil Smith, Rob Spillman, Emma Straub, Peter Straub, J. Courtney Sullivan, Marie-Helene Bertino, Ted Dodson, Chinelo Okparanta, Lisa Lucas and others read from Charles Dicken’s A […]

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Dickens Gave Us Christmas, and Ghosts

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Today there is plenty of fretting over the “War on Christmas,” but the holiday didn’t always hold such importance in everyday lives, even for Christians. Two hundred years ago, industrialization gave people a lot more to worry about than Black Friday sales and eggnog-soaked office holiday parties. The Guardian credits Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol […]

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Getting Drunk with Bob Cratchit

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Charles Dickens loves a good punch, and the alcoholic concoctions make appearances in many of his novels. The perhaps least fortunate of his characters, Bob Cratchit, drinks a punch made of gin and lemon. Although the text only refers to two ingredients, its likely referencing a much more complicated mixed drink—Slate investigates the recipe the […]

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Word of the Day: Eidolism

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(n.); belief in ghosts; etymology difficult to trace, but typically attributed to the Greek eidolon (“image, apparition, phantom, ghost”) There was something else in the house, unmentioned and unlabelled. A sort of shadowy presence that hovered by the back door. No one referred to it, so I kept quiet, but without ever really actually seeing […]

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God Bless Us, Every Lowell Mill Girl

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Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is so beloved a classic that names like “Scrooge” and “the ghost of Christmas past” have entered our daily lexicon, and we continue to reinterpret the story every few years with everything from cartoon ducks to Muppets. But Dickens wasn’t the first person to write about holiday-season redemption or ghosts who […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 12/20-12/26

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This week in San Francisco, eat for a cause with Food Not Bombs, open mics at Amnesia and Kaleidoscope, Post-Impressionists at the De Young, and volunteer work gets fun at City Impact’s Christmas Block Party. Monday 12/20: Joint Food Not Bombs in Union Square for a Sit/Eat against Sit/Lie. Eaters will meet outside Macy’s Union […]

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