1776 – Thomas Paine writes “These are the times that try men’s souls”
1823 – Clement Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas“ was first published in a Troy, New York, newspaper. Modern scholarship indicates that it was plagiarized.
1902 – Norman MacLean is born (d.1990)
1860 – Harriet Monroe, Poet and Editor founder of Poetry Magazine is born (d.1936)
1912 – The Nouvelle Revue Francaise rejects a portion of Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. “I felt I had come into my own,” Proust says, “but my own received me not.”
1924 – H.L. Mencken’s American Mercury was published first on this day. In 1926, he was arrested for selling an issue that had been banned in Boston.
1926 – Robert Bly is born
banktoaster • actually its more of a time waster, in from Don Lindgren at Concept books, here’s a simple game you can even play when imbibing – keep drunken Santa from electrifying himself. happy happy joy joy!
worth hearing • from NPR The New Yorker’s Lilian Ross talks to Steve Innskeep about her 60 years there.
something new • Find Bin Laden: A book in which the reader has to find a cartoon Osama bin Laden on crowded illustrated pages is emerging as a UK Christmas bestseller.
worth reading • from today’s Boston Globe David Mehegan gives a feature story about a grandfather, a box of old books, and the meaning of success.