For years I’ve complained about journalists misusing the Grinch metaphor around the holidays. Every evil-doer is a Grinch if the crime involves holiday anything. What they miss is this: to be Grinch-like, you must not just seek to ruin someone’s Christmas, but in the end, discover the holiday’s meaning and find redemption. A few examples of misplaced Grinchitude: … Continue reading State of the Grinch
Yes, it’s Grinch season, that time when unimaginative reporters overuse the Grinch metaphor. Experienced scribes know that a good story needs a bad guy, and this time of year labeling someone “Grinch” is a handy tag. Grinch Robs Elderly Oakland Couple’s Home While They Slept Grinch Destroys Christmas Decorations Cops replace Sick Girl’s Christmas Lights … Continue reading Grinch Season
We discussed The Grinch last week — but no Christmas is complete without this: lazy journalists invoking the name “Grinch” whenever someone steals something or does something bad around the holidays. Rob, you may ask, is that not a fitting analogy? No, not unless the thief returns what he stole. Then he is like the … Continue reading The Grinch Report
Welcome to Grinch Season, that special time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas when every idiot and evildoer is dubbed a “Grinch” in newspaper an TV stories. Is it overused? You can be the judge —but here’s a glimpse of what’s going on in the Grinchosphere this week: Grinch Goes After Inflatable Decorations in Kerrville … Continue reading Grinch Alert!
First, let me say this: I love the Grinch. The Dr. Seuss book is magical — a perfect Christmas story — and the 1966 cartoon version is one of the greatest and most successful adaptations of a literary work for TV or film ever. Seriously. Because I love the Grinch, I hate Ron Howard’s revolting film … Continue reading Two Sizes Too Small
Now that the presents are unwrapped we can all take a deep breath and turn our attention to more important matters: the annual Grinch Report. Every year during the month of December, journalists take to branding evil-doers with the Grinch label. I’ve pointed out here that the Grinch analogy is not merely lazy, but stupid. … Continue reading St. Stephen’s Day
It’s troublesome that people are choosing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer over The Grinch Who Stole Christmas in the Times Union’s Most Specialest Holiday Specials Face-Off Ever. Troublesome because I hate Rudolph. Hear me out. Yes, Rudolph is endearing — and many of you have a soft spot for it from when we were children — but behind … Continue reading I Hate Rudolph the Reindeer
Krampus: Santa’s little helper with the big, bad attitude.