The Dreaded Feast: Writers on Enduring the Holidays
This anthology of fiction, nonfiction & poetry sets out to deflate the notion of a ‘perfect’ holiday season by spreading gloom and despondency about Christmas. George Plimpton, James Thurber, P.J. O’Rouke & a host of others contribute to the fun.
The star roster of contributors includes Jonathan Ames, Dave Barry, Robert Benchley, Charles Bukowski, Augusten Burroughs, Billy Collins, Greg Kotis, Lewis Lapham, Jay McInerney, Fiona Maazel, George Plimpton, David Rakoff, David Sedaris, Charles Simic, Hunter S. Thompson, James Thurber, Calvin Trillin, and John Waters.
Praise for The Dreaded Feast:
“A wonderfully irreverent look at the holidays. A must for the Christmas cynic on your list.”
One of USA Today’s 2009 “12 Books of Christmas”
“If you embrace the darker side of Christmas, then this is definitely the book for you.”
“Thank the ‘X’ in ‘Xmas’ for The Dreaded Feast, [which] collects essays, short stories, and poetry that attack Hallmark holidays with all the neurotic humor one expects from contributors like Jonathan Ames, Fiona Maazel, and Calvin Trillin.”
–The New Yorker
“Amid the twinkly decorations, dancing sugar plums, and ubiquitous holiday cheer, a bracing dose of dark humor might be nice, don’t you think? For book lovers, we’re recommending a volume that offers just that: The Dreaded Feast.”
–Raleigh News & Observer