Much to the chagrin of my wife, I always wait for the day after Thanksgiving to start doing Christmasy things. For me, saving Christmas movies and music and decorations for a distinct, contained time period—Black Friday to New Year’s Eve—makes them all the more special. What Christmasy things do you enjoy?
See you on the other side of Yuletide!
On to the links…
1. My recent posts
7 Hard-Boiled Lessons from Noir Films Old and New - Film noir has been there, done that.
Librerapy: the life-changing magic of library browsing - Nothing like a kid-free visit to my favorite place.
Media of the moment - Athena, Neil Postman, ’90s submarine thrillers, and more.
Lord of the Rewatch - Stray notes from a Lord of the Rings extended trilogy rewatch.
5 Okee Dokee Brothers songs I’m envious I didn’t write myself - Like Ron Burgundy I’m not even mad, just impressed.
2. From the interwebs
The latest annual Vanity Fair/Billie Eilish interview is out. How Peter Jackson’s AI is remixing The Beatles. An ode to the “prescient obsolescence” of cassette tapes. Ban TikTok.
📖 Haven by Emma Donoghue
📺 Little Women (2019)
🎧 Blood Oranges in the Snow by Over the Rhine
“Every generation patronizes its predecessors for having been so dim, forgetting that soon enough it will be our turn to stand in the corner and feel foolish.” — Edward Dolnick, The Writing of the Gods: The Race to Decode the Rosetta Stone
What’s your most memorable moviegoing experience?
Photo: Walking with family to a Lake Michigan beach through some hardcore autumn vibes.