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Episode 106: Isaac Fitzgerald, “High for the Holidays”

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To get you prepared for next week’s Christmas spectacular, we’re whetting your proverbial whistle by discussing a holiday-themed essay from Isaac Fitzgerald. Originally published in December 2013 on Buzzfeed, “High for the Holidays” is about a Christmas trip in which the author scaled Mount Kiliminjaro with his sister and estrangemd father. Though like nearly all good literary essays, this one is about more than its initial subject. It’s less travelogue than it is an exploration of difficult families, about running away from home and when it might be time to finally run back.

In the second half of the show, we share a listener-submitted story of authorial spite, quite possibly the only such story to involve a spiteful acrostic. We’ve also got another holiday-themed installment of Fan Fiction Corner. This time we’re taking a look at the Grinch’s unexpected sexy side.

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As always, we’re happy to hear what you think about the stuff we talked about this week. You can email us directly, hit us up on Twitter, or just leave a comment here on the site. Also: we’re on Facebook, and gradually getting better about posting studio pics and links and such. So come visit us over there, like our page, etc. etc.

You can also support the show by shopping at Powell’s: if you click on any of the links around our site, then shop as you normally would, we’ll get a small percentage of every dollar you spend. Perhaps you’d like to revisit the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas in beautiful hardback, then compare it to the very sexy versions we discussed in this week’s episode?

Or, start reading ahead for next week’s Christmas spectacular, during which we’ll be discussing Debbie Macomber’s Christmas Letters, as well as a Mary Higgins Clark production that is quite possibly the worst Christmas book ever written.

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