One newspaper insert screams “Easter deals in full bloom!” A chain retailer advertises pre-filled Easter baskets brimming with toy jewelry, clothes and Barbie dolls. Another shows me “toys under $10 to fill their baskets.” Movie studios and toy companies once rushed to get their wares out before the winter holidays; now it seems Easter suffices just as well. 362 more words
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Between episodes of an irreverent short story, I’ve decided today to write about sports in this space, rationalizing it on the basis that what will be written forthwith is fictitious and exaggerated. 582 more words
Sylvia Townsend Warner’s satirical tale of crass commercialism and casual animal cruelty first appeared in her collection The Cat’s Cradle Book in 1940.
Warner was an independent-minded woman, a feminist and lesbian, before either of these was fashionable. 150 more words