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Lessons From The Digital Revolution

Reviewing Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators, James Surowiecki notices an important one – we shouldn’t romanticize the role of lone geniuses: That may sound odd, since the story of invention is usually told as a story of great inventors. But as Isaacson reveals, the true engine of innovation is collaboration. The pairing of a creative visionary […]

Emails Of The Day

A handful of your notes especially warmed our hearts this Christmas: Hey Andrew and company! On a recent family vacation to Las Vegas, I brought along my Dish t-shirt. My mother, desperate for post-empty nest family photos, snapped pictures at every conceivable opportunity in the hopes of getting something for our family Christmas card. Lo […]

A Story About Surviving The War On Christmas Decorations

Simon Doonan explains what happens when window dressing the White House turns into the country’s first découpage-centered political controversy: Doonan is the Creative Ambassador for Barney’s New York as well as a Slate columnist, fashion commentator and professional window dresser. Show More Summary

The Menace Of Mistletoe

Helen Thompson characterizes the holiday plant as “basically a vampire,” calling it “a parasite that spends its days sucking the ‘lifeforce’ from trees round the globe”: Mistletoe’s parasitism starts with poop and exploding berries. Mistletoe bushes clump on branches like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Their parasitism is airborne. Birds eat their berries, […]

Why Christmas Songs Stir Us

Joseph Bottum, the critic and author, explains why he has taken to writing Christmas songs – they are “one of the last few enchantments left in our public world”: Think of it this way: If meaning comes only from us — if meaning arrives only via the human outlook on the world — then there […]

Christmas Wishes From A Grinch

In his sci-fi series Black Mirror, the great Brit Charlie Brooker uses his mordant wit to send up technologically-dependent modern life. The series’ newest episode, White Christmas, is a holiday special critics are hailing as “about as festive as being bludgeoned to death by a stocking full of coal, but … also an unerringly brilliant […]

The Dark Side Of Christmas

Lisa Miller analyzes why “Bridget’s” self-loathing Christmas cards are such a social media hit: Bridget’s cards won their internet moment not just because they’re clever and funny, but because they articulate that thought and the way it can become so explosive during the holidays: All this jollity rings false to me. Everyone, no matter what […]

The 2014 Dish Awards!

Calling all Dishheads: it’s the end of the year and that means it’s Dish award time! As usual, our elite, highly-specialized blue-ribbon panel has pored over more than a thousand posts in order to select this year’s finalists, now it’s up to you to pick 2014’s best (and worst). If you have some free time […]

A Poem For Christmas

“Christmas Card to Grace Hartigan” by Frank O’Hara (1926-1966): There’s no holly, but there is the glass and granite towers and the white stone lions and the pale violet clouds. And the great tree of balls in Rockefeller Plaza is public. Christmas is green and general like all great works of the imagination, swelling from […]

If Only Mangers Were Mangier

Joe Kay wishes holiday crèches weren’t so idealized: If our manger scenes were realistic, Mary would be recovering from a painful labor full of sweat and blood, with a look on her face that’s anything but serene. And Joseph — wouldn’t he be a nervous wreck, too? His hand too shaky to hold a lantern? […]

Faces Of The Day

Francesca Machia and Valeria Cicconi from Rome, Italy, play on a surf-board at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia on December 25, 2014. Bondi Beach is a popular tourist destination on Christmas Day. By Don Arnold/Getty Images.

A Short Story For Christmas

This story from O. Henry, “The Gift of the Magi,” was first published in December 1905. How it begins: One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until […]

Are You Being Persecuted This Christmas?

Christian blogger Rachel Held Evans provides a handy flow-chart: She comments: You may have heard it from Kirk Cameron or an anchor at Fox News or an army of culture warriors who have once again worked themselves into a frenzy over the “War on Christmas.” Galvanized by fear, they storm checkout counters to demand that […]

‘Tis The Season For Tackiness

And Joseph Bottum wants us to embrace it: Tastefulness is just small-mindedness, pretending to be art. And Christmas isn’t tasteful, isn’t simple, isn’t clean, isn’t elegant. Give me the tacky and the exuberant and the wild, to represent the impossibly boisterous fact that God has intruded in this world. Give me churches thick with incense […]

Mindfully Merry

Anna Leyland suggests that meditation could improve your day today: From the time you wake up on this Christmas morning, take time to fully notice the little things, the smells, textures and tastes of Christmas. Each chocolate, cuddle and gift. Take time to savor it. How do the sweets look in your hand? How do […]

Losing Your Faith In Santa, Ctd

A reader sends the above video: I know you are not prone to posting Norwegian music-videos, but this Santa exposé from a children’s program in 2005 caused some turmoil when every five year old in the country was told at the same time that “Santa does not exist”. The video is quite self-explanatory – and […]

The Lights Of The World

What our holiday lights means for NASA: Scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and Yale University in Connecticut used satellite imagery to track light patterns in 1,200 cities over two and a half years. They found that increased light correlated perfectly with the holiday seasons for Ramadan in the Middle East, as […]

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