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Merry Christmas and other Happy Holidays. Today begins twelve days of Christmas posts. One a day. Or maybe two some days. We start with a piece by guest Marc Schuster on the history of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or whatever you call him.

Merry Christmas and other Happy Holidays

Today begins twelve days of Christmas posts.
One a day. Or maybe two some days.

We start with a piece by guest Marc Schuster on the history of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or whatever you call him.

Speculation on the Origins of Santa Claus
by Marc Schuster

Thomas Nast, 1872
"The Coming of Santa Claus," Thomas Nast, 1872

First, let me say that I’m no expert on any of this. All I have going for me is an internet connection and a penchant for procrastination. I also have a tendency to obsess over things that don’t really matter. Hence my seasonal interest in the origins of Santa Claus.

...continue reading "Twelve Days of Christmas: #1, Kris Kringle"

H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes F. Scott Fitzgerald (Andy Daly) and James Joyce (Sean Conroy) to the Dead Authors stage.
 

Appendix G: From the vaults! H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes F. Scott Fitzgerald (Andy Daly) and James Joyce (Sean Conroy) to the Dead Authors stage for an evening of whatever this is.

The podcast is free — so far — but proceeds from the live performances help 826LA, a non-profit literacy program.

More at the Dead Authors Website or direct download:
Appendix_G_-_F._Scott_Fitzgerald__James_Joyce.mp3