Not to dampen the Christmas mood here, but if Santa really is making a list of who has been naughty and nice, and is using it to decide who has a fun Christmas, shouldn’t he be checking it WAY more than twice?
I mean, me personally, I’m not sure I’d even be comfortable making a list that judgmental, but if I did I’d definitely be checking it all the time, and I’d probably have some sort of appeals process as well, and some outside oversight, and a really well defined set of standards by which I was judging the world’s children vis-a-vis their relative naughtiness or niceness.
It seems to me that naughtiness is a pretty nebulous and culturally variable idea in the first place (eg. what is naughty in North America might be considered nice in Qatar, and vice-versa), not to mention a deeply situational one (many things only SEEM naughty from an outside vantage point but are, once explained, actually more on the nice side of things eg. Saying a mean funny thing to a friend, which would appear to someone without enough context as just a mean thing, when in actuality it was a reinforcement of a friendship, a subtle but sure assertion of intimacy and good humor)
Pick up your game Santa, the age of objectivism is over. We live in relative times now.
Dragnet is extending the submission deadline for its first issue from January 1 to January 15. That way you can enjoy the holidays guilt-free, add “submit to Dragnet” to your new year’s resolutions, and then cross it off right at the start of the year!
I’m sorry that I’ve been away for so long, but I’m back now and with new work! I’m currently working with two very fine and talented gentlemen (Andrew Battershill and Jeremy Hanson-Finger) over in Toronto who are putting together a new online literary journal focused on fun and…