Wishing you a festive weekend and a glorious Fourth!
April Fool’s Day!
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.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Wishing you the luck of the Irish today.
Image: postcard (1909), New York Public Library digital collections.
Confetti on the Silver Screen: New Year’s Eve at the Movies
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).
Quick Reads: TV Holiday Specials of the 70s and 80s
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.