How to ‘keep Christmas well’: The Pickwick Papers (1836-37) and A Christmas Carol (1843)

  To paraphrase Dickens’s description of the four Pickwickian adventurers, over the past week I have been running around as brisk as a bee, if not altogether as light as a fairy, towards Christmas Day. I have left behind me a trail of opened envelopes, empty mulled wine glasses, cake crumbs, sheets of piano music, and receipts. Despite my rush, there is one aspect of Christmas … Continue reading How to ‘keep Christmas well’: The Pickwick Papers (1836-37) and A Christmas Carol (1843)

Fruitcake weather: Truman Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory’ (1956)

I have always loved taking pictures of food: food I happen to eat when I am abroad, food I make, food I am only looking at from the other side of a Parisian patisserie’s shop window. This has always involved sharing them with my friends, too. Not in a sadomasochistic attempt to make them jealous about what I was having, and they could not, but … Continue reading Fruitcake weather: Truman Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory’ (1956)