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By Patrick Regan

ISBN-10: 0740798561

ISBN-13: 9780740798566

Not anything captures the magic of Christmas just like the drooling face of a kid and a cheap-ass little pretend tree. —An out of date Christmas

within the culture of vacation trips on Ice and undesirable Santa, Patrick Regan counters saccharine seasonal sentiment with a dose of holiday-noir.

take into accout Christmases of outdated? less complicated instances, whilst four-year-old orphans have been used for industry learn and Santa may possibly name a fine looking elf candy Cheeks and never get slapped with a sexual harassment suit?

In an old school Christmas, writer Patrick Regan collects pictures from the golden days of Christmas and pairs them with wryly sardonic captions to supply a reminder of what Christmas is actually all about-namely, hobos, orphans, boozed-up Santas, pill-popping housewives, and the shattered goals of lovely children.

enthusiasts of Regan's The e-book of undesirable behavior will take twisted have fun with his skewering of the main adored (and overstuffed) vacation of all. The Nineteen Forties, '50s, and '60s-vintage images are peculiar sufficient all alone, but if Regan's caustic captions begin flying, no culture is secure from mockery.

Christmas simply ain't what it was once, and judging from the subversive gem stones during this extra naughty-than-nice ebook, we should always all be tremendous thankful for that.

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I want to give it to my daughter one day,” she explained. A young mother in Baton Rouge uses her skill at calligraphy to create a “time capsule book” that she will give to her daughter when she turns sixteen. Both men and women care about the past. Most of the men we interviewed care passionately about family history and feel strongly connected to the past at family gatherings. But the words past and history (understood as the world of presidents and treaties) may have gendered associations in American society.

Hobbyists’ passions are extraordinarily eclectic. We talked to collectors of old barn paintings, Christian art, needlework, quilts, stamps, coins, Australian money, World War II relics, photos, beer mirrors, tractors, motorcycles, cars, liberty bells, fire equipment, books, trains, china, watches, dolls, clocks, Victorian wreaths, arrowheads, folk art, carpentry tools, old newspaper clippings, early American glass, railroad schedules, bird plates, toby jugs, Indian artifacts, comic cards, old LPs, baseball cards, and Pete Rose items.

One of the seven people who answered “no” to all our questions about history-related activities, for example, was an 82-year-old widow in Texas who reported that she “never goes out now” except to bowl with other senior citizens on Wednesday afternoons. But she still spent much of her time thinking about the past. “I remember those people that lived around me,” she explained to a youthful interviewer. “They were so nice, the people . . ” To find out more than the simple frequency of activities, we asked our respondents to use a 10-point scale to describe the intensity of their engage- 20 THE PRESENCE OF THE PAST ment with the past.

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