The Dreaded Feast

Writers on Enduring the Holidays
(Book - 2009)
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The Dreaded Feast will act as a balm for the millions of people who face Christmastime with a mixture of dread and obligation. Whether it's the last-minute shopping, the unappealing office party, or the prospect of more than 24 hours with family, it's never easy. The anthology, which includes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on these and many more related subjects, deflates the notion of the "perfect" holiday season, and allows the reader to commiserate and bask in the glow of a little dark, neurotic, and unflinchingly honest humor. The star roster of contributors includes Jonathan Ames, Dave Barry, Robert Benchley, Charles Bukowski, Augusten Burroughs, Billy Collins, Greg Kotis, Lewis Lapham, Jay McInerney, Fiona Maazel, George Plimpton, David Rakoff, David Sedaris, Charles Simic, Hunter S. Thompson, James Thurber, Calvin Trillin, and John Waters. Praise for The Dreaded Feast: "A wonderfully irreverent look at the holidays. A must for the Christmas cynic on your list." - USA Today One of USA Today's 2009 "12 Books of Christmas" "If you embrace the darker side of Christmas, then this is definitely the book for you." -Chicago Sun-Times "Thank the 'X' in 'Xmas' for The Dreaded Feast , [which] collects essays, short stories, and poetry that attack Hallmark holidays with all the neurotic humor one expects from contributors like Jonathan Ames, Fiona Maazel, and Calvin Trillin." - The New Yorker "Amid the twinkly decorations, dancing sugar plums, and ubiquitous holiday cheer, a bracing dose of dark humor might be nice, don't you think? For book lovers, we're recommending a volume that offers just that: The Dreaded Feast ." - Raleigh News & Observer
Title: The dreaded feast
writers on enduring the holidays
Publisher: New York : Abrams Image, c2009.
Characteristics: 208 p. ;,20 cm.
Contents: Give it a rest, ye merry gentlemen : an introduction / P.J. O'Rourke
Why I love Christmas / John Waters
A fruitcake theory / Calvin Trillin
Home for the holidays : a survivor's frightening account / Chris Radant
'Tis the season for halitosis / Jonathan Ames
The Christmas party & how to mix a Christmas wassail / Corey Ford
The Madonna of turkey season / Jay McInerney
Two Thanksgiving poems / Billy Collins
Susie's letter from Santa / Mark Twain
A Christmas spectacle / Robert C. Benchley
Waiting for santy : a Christmas playlet / S.J. Perelman
Xmas words / Roy Blount Jr.
Christmas carol / Lewis Lapham
Two selections from I hate Christmas / Daniel Blythe
The terrible fourth day of Christmas / Scott Horton
Selections from Mercurius religiosus : faithfully communicating to the whole nation, the vanity of Christmas / Anonymous
Christmas shopping : a survivor's guide / Dave Barry
Santa responds / Santa Claus
The compleat shopper : George Plimpton's guide to gift giving / George Plimpton
Merry Christmas / James Thurber
Christmas is a sad season for the poor / John Cheever
Christmas dreams and cruel memories / Hunter S. Thompson
Against winter / Charles Simic
Christmas Freud / David Rakoff
Women / Charles Bukowski
The truth about Santa (an apocalyptic holiday tale) / Greg Kotis
Ceremonies that have not recrudesced because we never succeeded in getting rid of them in the first place / P.J. O'Rourke
Last last chance / Fiona Maazel
Oh, Christmas tree / Augusten Burroughs
Keeping Christmas in your heart all year long / Alysia Gray Painter
Christmas means giving / David Sedaris.
Local Note: 53
Additional Contributors: Clarke, Michele 1960-
Plimpton, Taylor 1976-
ISBN: 9780810982659
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Michele Clarke and Taylor Plimpton ; introduction by P.J. O'Rourke
Subject Headings: Christmas stories, American. Humorous stories, American.
Genre/Form: Christmas stories, American.
Humorous stories, American.
Topical Term: Christmas stories, American.
Humorous stories, American.
LCCN: 2009009393
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