Monday, December 01, 2008
December at Open Letters!
December has arrived, the time of fierce weather when the temperature can drop as low as 50 degrees during the night and it sometimes rains for hours at a time. But December is also a time of conviviality and gift-giving, and what could be more convivial - or a better gift (because it's not only self-renewing but free) than Open Letters Monthly?
The December issue is a-brim with goodies, with fun, challenging essays on the liltin' lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein, the age-old craze of mankind for hunting witches, the early graphic novels of Art Spiegelman, the neglected First World War masterpiece of Mary Borden, the torture-presidency of Bush II/Cheney, that huge Roberto Bolano novel you've seen reviewed everywhere, the man who beat Hannibal, the extremely suggestive artwork of J. C. Leyendecker, and the drinking (and drinking-stories) of Kingsley Amis and others. Irma Heldman's sparkling "It's a Mystery" column continues, and "A Year with the Tudors" concludes.
All that, plus a poem and a photo! A time of gifts, indeed!
So click on over and read to your heart's content - and if you're in need of still more Open Letters, don't forget to check out the site's blog, frequently (and fascinatingly!) updated!