December 21st, 2007

  • lizhand

"The Distant Music of the Hounds"

Every year, I reread this Christmas essay by E.B. White, another Mainer from Away.

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1949/12/24/1949_12_24_013_TNY_CARDS_000222118

I first discovered it in Jack Newcombe's wonderful and slightly eccentric A Christmas Treasury — I have the 1981 edition, but I believe there's a later one, as well.  It also includes "The Annual Crisis of Love," another piece I reread every year, by Loudon Wainwright, father of the singer Loudon Wainwright and grandfather of Rufus and Martha. 

And somewhere  (I thought it was in Newcombe's book but it's not)  there's a great piece about Christmas on Skid Row by, I think, Ring Lardner.  Every bum gets a free beeksteak, some hooch and a cigar, which sounds just right by me.
  • pgdf

Lesser-known Icons 35


[Madison Avenue wants you to click here!]

* I have to apologize for the third appearance of the Boker Tree Brand Knives here--or do I? Aren't those animated utensils very cute? Wouldn't you smile through your screams as they appeared in your kitchen one night, as in some horror movie, to whittle you away?

* I bet Lesser-Known Icons maven John Crowley will recognize the Carling's Ale Red Cap Man.

* Is that big hayseed touting Vernell's Buttermints releated to Paul Bunyan?

* James Dishwashers: isn't every butler who's not named Jeeves named James?

* Finally, Madison Avenue's deepest koan: why would a company with the powerful and obvious animal symbol attendant on its name--Wolverine--choose a horse/chess piece as its icon instead?

Posted by Paul DiFi.