After my post last night about HBO breaking its cable addiction, a number of you pointed out that this will never happen because HBO is owned by Time Warner.
That’s true — but remember that Time Warner Cable hasn’t been affiliated with Time Warner since 2009. They share a name (which they use under license), but they’re a completely independent company. Time Warner owns HBO, not Time Warner Cable.
If you want proof of just how unaffiliated the two are now, look no further than the fact that Time Warner Cable is only now getting HBO Go access. Comcast and a dozen other cable providers got access first as TW/TWC negotiations dragged on.
So while it’s a bit confusing, HBO’s Time Warner parent shouldn’t hamper my plan. Time Warner should be looking towards the future, not their old cable subsidiary.
“This little girl is talking to Santa Claus — and so may any other girl or boy who telephones Murray Hill 8-2205 in New York between now and Christmas.”
LIFE magazine announced this in a 1947 story about some marvelous holiday subterfuge devised by New York’s famed toy store, FAO Schwarz. The gambit involved a phone system whereby children could dial that number (MU8-2205) — and speak directly to Santa himself.
Here, LIFE.com presents photos from that article — as well as some other “Awww”-inspiring pictures that never ran in the magazine.
So, the question I ask you — think they got what they asked for?
This is storytelling at its finest and its darkest, but Auslander’s wry sense of humor and delivery give the heaviness of the situation a light touch. For those of you with delicate sensibility about the Holocaust or profane language, be forewarned. He does swear a few times and is brutally honest about his visit to a concentration camp in Germany. His ending is worth it and his point all the more salient because of this humorous approach.
Some people have a way of bringing laughter to deep, painful sorrow - but not in a way that ignores or diminishes the reality of that sorrow. It’s like some people have this ability to see the microscopic punchlines and jokes even in the darkest of places. Writer Shalom Auslander has this ability. Here, he tells a live story with The Moth in NYC about his reluctant trip to a WWII death camp. And if you like this, you can hear more stories from him on This American Life, read more stories in his (amazing) books & articles, or listen to him talk with Terry.
~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Something I just noticed.
Mahi Mahi with Cilantro Rice.