Published on December 19th, 2012 | by Editorial Staff


A Post Defiance Winter Reading

For years, Post Defiance editor Katy Evans has hosted a winter reading where friends come together and read original or published works celebrating the season (a little like a salon, a little like NPR’s Selected Shorts).

This year, Post Defiance hosted this living-room event at Editor Timothy Thomas McNeely’s home. 15 friends came together and shared a captivating and diverse spectrum of literature.

Ranging from the comedic, to the tragic, to the heartwarming, to the eerie, the selections articulated our theme of winter, celebration, and ritual as literature inspired by the longest night of the year and our basic human yearning for warmth and love tend to do. Perhaps you made it that night and enjoyed our stories, songs, myths, and poems, but if you missed it, check out what was read and we hope to see you next year.

Oranges” by Gary Soto

A Miserable, Merry Christmas” by Lincoln Steffens, which can be found in the Norman Rockwell’s Christmas Book.

Three Little Men In the Woods,” a German fairy tale

Young Carlotta,” an Appalachian ballad

Winter Solstice, 1997” by Samuel Green from The Grace of Necessity

Excerpt from “You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas” by Augusten Burroughs

A Country Doctor” by Franz Kafka. (The full creepy effect of this story is masterfully captured in this animated film by Kōji Yamamura.)

The Norse Mythology of Midvinterblot and its inspiration for the Swedish metal band Unleashed

Excerpt from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling

Lighting Candles at Midwinter” by George Mackay Brown

6 to 8 Black Men” by David Sedaris

The Cat of Dovre,” a Norwegian fairy tale

What I Would be Thinking About if I were Billy Joel Driving Toward a Holiday Party Where I Knew There was Going to be a Piano” by Michael Ian Black

Shoveling Snow with Buddha” by Billy Collins from Sailing Alone Around the Room

Twirler” by Jane Martin

The Latke Who Wouldn’t Stop Screaming” by Lemony Snicket

The first Post Defiance Winter Reading

The first Post Defiance Winter Reading


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