More Christmas commercial(-ism?) nostalgia

“They do exist.”

– Santa, in this classic M&Ms Christmas commercial

But, here’s the British version (below). Because who doesn’t love the yellow M&M with a British accent? Side-note: Santa still has American accent. ‘Cause he’s Uh-Mer-Can.


The Novelist

“I’ve always said I’d like to be known as the novelist or the playwright who also did television news. I’m very proud of what I’ve done. But let’s face it: What I’m doing now is more creative. And people don’t know anything about it.”

– Jim Lehrer, playwright, author of 21 novels
… oh, and he did something or other in the news biz for over fifty years

In an earlier interview (2009), Lehrer said, “I’ve always felt it was a little bit bragging to say you’re a writer, to say ‘I’m a novelist.’ I’m still trying to be a novelist, and it doesn’t get any easier.”

Jim Lehrer

On a related note:

Lehrer discussed his most recent novel, Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination, on “The Diane Rehm Show” on Monday. His novel sounds compelling, but the most fascinating parts of the interview centered on Lehrer’s  observations on the impact of the assassination on American media. Lehrer covered the assassination as a reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald.

(The novel’s title is a reference to the decision to lower the “bubble top” on the limousine carrying JFK through Dallas. Lehrer explains the implications of this in his interview with Rehm. For more info, you can read the transcript here, or listen to the interview on the show’s website.)

The first quote is from the NYT article “An anchor tells stories on stage, but off camera,” Sept. 11, 2013
The second quote is from the USA Today article, “Novelist Jim Lehrer is still swinging for the fences,” March 23, 2009.

Links for the Print Media Discussion

The discussion of the print media decline predates this blog, and will continue when I move on to other thoughts, but, for now, articles related to the condition of newspapers seem to be coming out of the woodwork and catching my eye.


An interesting thing to note– and an inalienable characteristic of a blog– these are, of course, links to the electronic articles, even those that were originally run in print. (Did I use inalienable correctly?)

Any articles to add? Am I neglecting an important angle?


Think I’ve gotten hung up on this topic? Ready to move on?? Let me know if you’ve got preferences for future posts…