Less the heroes of our stories than the villains of some other bastard’s

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Jack Graham

Jack Graham writes and podcasts about culture and politics from a Gothic Marxist-Humanist perspective. He co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper. Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. Michael E Brown
    January 4, 2019 @ 9:28 pm

    FInally got around to listening to this — thank you! The Clive Donner version of the Carol has always been my particular favorite. Having seen it so much over the years, I wait to see the Classic Who-ish level of studio FX, like the fake snow and the miniature watchtower tolling the hour.

    And thank you for pointing out how Scrooge acts with his own integrity in Act 1, and even pays Bob for the 25th when he doesn’t need to. I really had not noticed that before in all my decades of watching this; the story’s contours are so familiar and comfortable that I don’t question how thoroughly the Christmas Industrial complex grinds down ol’ Ebenezer.

    John Sutherland wrote a 3-part ‘sequel’ in the Guardian some years back, where he imagines Scrooge’s life after turning ‘good.’ Long story short: it ends badly for everyone.

    And a happy new year.


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