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Author Lauren Groff on the Trips That Have Inspired Her Books: Women Who Travel Podcast
We sit down with the award-winning author to chat about travel, creativity, and her latest novel, Matrix.Lauren Groff's name has been thrown around a number of times on this podcast as the author of some of our favorite books to read on vacation. Her latest, Matrix, is out this week—and was one of our most anticipated releases of the year. It's the fictional retelling of the life of Marie de France, a historical figure from the 12th century with no known backstory to speak of. In the lead up to actually writing the novel, Groff took a trip to live with Benedictine nuns in Connecticut to get a sense of abbey life.
This year, two classic laments — “Thekeeps starting earlier and earlier!” and “Liberals are waging a !” — have partnered up and given birth to a new bundle of holiday hysteria. The result: Christmas 2021 is already ruined.
Ruined by what, exactly? Well, that’s the fun part: You get to pick! At this early date, news headlines and TV chyrons are already offering plenty of reasons to believe that all our troubles will be far from out of sight come late December. The options below should satisfy all your holiday grumbling needs.
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Supply-chain problems are ruining Christmas
Here’s one way to look at our current predicament: We’re still in the midst of a pandemic, which is causing. This is a real problem with many . Still, while holiday shoppers may find that certain items are out of stock, American stores continue to sell a mind-boggling array of goods, and our toilet-paper supply is plentiful once again.
Here’s another way to look at things, as reflected by this sampling of headlines from, , and : The success or failure of Christmas 2021 hinges on your ability to obtain very specific items from your loved ones’ wish lists by December 25.
Maybe the big guy has realized that those “Keep Christ in Christmas” bumper magnets aren’t doing the trick, so he’s trying to send us a sign about our profligate holiday habits? Nah, Fox News is pretty sure consumerism is the real reason for the season:
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From Stanley Tucci's Italian obsessions to an homage to Black foodways, there's never been a better time to feed your mind. Ultimately, taking readers back to the beginning helps to build connections to pop culture and provides context for our behavior. In The Secret History of Food ($28, Ecco), writer Matt Siegel offers up irreverent looks at some of our favorite foods, like chiles, ice cream, and tomatoes.
There’s a new front in the Fox News "War on Christmas" coverage: supply chain delays.— The Recount (@therecount)
"Christmas" has been mentioned at least 106 times on Fox News programming since yesterday morning (not counting show re-runs)— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar)
Joe Biden is ruining Christmas
So what exactly is causing the supply-chain issues?Recode, “these shortages and delays are the product of many crosscutting problems that have existed for years, including the COVID-19 pandemic, rising consumer demand, and a global and highly optimized manufacturing network that doesn’t adapt to change quickly.”
Sorting out what all that means seems hard and potentially boring. But you know what seems easy and potentially fun? Blaming Joe Biden. The House GOP tried it out on October 13:
Author Nadia Wassef on Life as a Cairo Bookseller: Women Who Travel Podcast
Her memoir, ‘Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller,’ is out now.“Bookstores typically have been a place where I escape myself—and [a place where] I find a new self,” says this week's podcast guest, Nadia Wassef. “I feel like I walk in there and the world is open to me.” The author of the newly released Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller knows a thing or two about bookstores: she co-founded Diwan—the Egyptian capital's leading bookstore—with her sister and friend back in 2002.
This is the guys who is trying to steal Christmas.
Americans are NOT going to let that happen.— House Republicans (@HouseGOP)
But it’s a bit hard to make a villain of “the guys” stealing Christmas when you don’t name him or post a photo of his face.
So Republicans’til their puzzler was sore. Then they thought of something they hadn’t before. What if Christmas, they thought, comes from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means little more?
Coming to America this December.— House Republicans (@HouseGOP)
A few days later, the Republican Study Committee, the biggest GOP caucus on Capitol Hill,advising that they blame “grinches” in the White House for spoiling everyone’s fun.
Here’s the newmemo on how to message the supply chain snafus:
“Our job as Republicans is to explain to the American people what the grinches at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave did to ruin Christmas.”— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC)
Vaccine mandates are ruining Christmas
While many on the right have taken up thenarrative, the Washington Times found a more creative way to blame Biden for the impending mega-crisis. An by Kelly Sadler argued that Biden-supported vaccine mandates “have the potential to cripple our travel and health-care industries, increase crime rates in our cities, and weaken our educational system.” While the headline warns that “Biden’s mandatory vaccinations will ruin Christmas,” only one line — “Good luck flying home for Christmas” — explains how these predicted consequences will directly affect the holidays, and the guy in the illustration isn’t even wearing a Santa hat.
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Thrillers, mysteries, memoirs and more!The weather outside is getting colder, which means it is time to curl up on the couch, throw on a cozy sweater and crack open a new book. With the holiday season approaching, you might also be searching for the perfect book to get a family member or friend.
Biden’s mandatory vaccinations will ruin Christmas— FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks)
Dr. Anthony Fauci is ruining Christmas
Even Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Party Pooping, says that vaccinated Americans can expect a relatively normal holiday season this year. After some initial confusion regarding his stance on December gatherings, FauciCNN on October 4, “I encourage people, particularly the vaccinated people who are protected, to have a good, normal Christmas with your family.”
Nevertheless, in mid-October Donald Trump’s Save America PAC announced that a donation of at least $25 would be rewarded with a pair of “How Fauci Stole Christmas” stickers.
“Friend, FAUCI IS A GRINCH. He is trying to CANCEL Christmas. He is trying to CONTROL your life, Friend,” read the letter announcing the promotion,1010WINS.
Friend, this doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Climate change is ruining Christmas
All this worrying about what gifts will or will not appear under the tree may be moot come December. This summer, Vice beganon how extreme weather is threatening Oregon’s pine-tree crop this year:
If you’re thinking, “fine, I’ll just go buy a fake tree then,” it seems you’ve already forgotten about thethis year:
December 25, 2021 is shaping up to be a day when we all just spend time with our loved ones, playing with the stuff we already own. Bah humbug.
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The year's best deals will be here soon.Whether you'll hunt for seasonal wardrobe essentials, hard-to-find designer handbags, or the best of the best Amazon finds this year, you'll want to be prepared for the 2021 sales extravaganza. (Reminder: Black Friday falls on November 26, followed by Cyber Monday on November 29.