There are variations between countries in the celebration of April Fools’ Day, but all have in common an excuse to make someone play the fool. In France, for example, the fooled person is called poisson d’avril (“April fish”), perhaps in reference to a young fish and hence to one that is easily caught…
Image: La Vie Parisienne, April 7, 1923.
Wishing you the luck of the Irish today.
Image: postcard (1909), New York Public Library digital collections.
New Year’s Eve has never really been a favorite occasion of mine. 2014 was a frustrating and disappointing year for me, so I’m glad to see it end. I just can’t work up much cheer. That’s the way it crumbles, cookie-wise. (Apartment reference!)
All the same, I have to admit that this last day of the year works well as a plot device for movies. I recently wrote a “listicle” of ten films that take place partially or entirely on New Year’s Eve. You can read it here, at Biography.com.
Image: Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment (1960).
It’s that time of year…when holiday specials start appearing on television. As least we’re not bombarded by “star-studded” Christmas variety-shows as frequently as we were in the 1970s-80s. I recently wrote a run-down of a few of the most memorable examples of that genre. You can read it here.
Wishing you bounty and blessings on this Thanksgiving Day.
Image: William H. Bradley for The Chap Book, 1895.
Every year Diptyque releases a collection of limited edition candles for the holidays. It’s usually a trio of scents. This year the one that calls out to me is Hiver (Winter), “a breath of smoky woods and roast chestnuts, enveloped in precious balms.”
The glass containers are designed by the artist collective Qubo Gas.
Hard to resist, no?
My “fragrance of the day” will be Atelier Cologne’s Sous le Toit de Paris. Are you wearing or reading anything French-inspired today?
Image: Willy Ronis, Les Amoureux de la Bastille (1957), via Christies.