I’m back from break, and I bring you links.
Christmas With The Kranks Is A Movie About Cults | Jack Saint (video) – Christmas with the Kranks is a Christmas comedy about a couple that decides to take a vacation on Christmas, but then the village gets wind of them and turns against them. I’m pretty sure the movie is just taking the side of the creepy village, but Jack Saint ignores this interpretation for humorous effect, and explains a different reading. I was thinking about this when PZ showed a real letter he received citing him for Christmas violations.
Music for Grocery Stores | Tris Mamone – Tris proposes that we should play more ambient music in public spaces. I enjoyed this because it felt like a synthesis of two things I have written about: the ethical question of music in public spaces, and the appeal of drone music. I think there’s a case to be made here–ambient music is the one thing in my library that my husband can stand despite having no appreciation for it. Although, one thing that has developed out of my interest in ambient music is an ability to actively dislike some of the stuff, so even if everyone else shrugged off the mild piano of Music For Airports, I have to say it might offend my own sensibilities!