“How the Jew Saved Christmas: A New Christmas Tale” by Chuck Palahniuk
This is “What’s Making Me Happy This Week,” a weekly feature inspired by the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
What’s Making Me Happy This Week is a new short story from the master of black humor, Chuck Palahniuk. This story – “How the Jew Saved Christmas: A New Christmas Tale” – is the perfect way to “celebrate” the end of the holiday season.
In addition to his great novels, Palahniuk has begun to write short stories this year. The blog post on his site elaborates:
As if he wasn’t prolific enough with writing novels, Chuck gave us a slew of new short stories and fiction in 2013. First we had ‘Phoenix,’ an Amazon Kindle Single which dropped in February. Then in May, he gave us his modern/female answer to ‘Guts’ with ‘Cannibal,’ for Playboy Magazine. And then, most recently, we got ‘Zombie,’ also for Playboy Magazine, a story that had grown hipster men sobbing at readings during the Doomed world tour.
For those of us who have ever participated in a Secret Santa in an office, retail, or other work environment, “How the Jew Saved Christmas” will be a tale you can definitely – and horrifyingly – relate to.
And that’s What’s Making Me Happy This Week.