BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY—Merry Christmas to all friends (and enemies, too) of Front Porch Republic! Don’t you worry ’bout that quaffer-scoffer in the Quad Cities. Come December 24 he’ll be reading Clement Moore (or is it Henry Livingston Jr.?) to his fambly and then on the morning after he’ll be up in the predawn watching his kiddies eagerly tear the wrapping paper from that homebrewing kit Santa is bringing.
Two suggested short stories to supplement the usual: Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” a lovely tribute to Miss Sook Faulk and the best thing the troubled Dill ever wrote, and “Christmas Jenny” by Mary Wilkins Freeman, painter par excellence of the stubborn New England eccentric.