Santa Baby, just slip a Hamilton film under the tree for me… Been an awful good girl.
Recently I was driving along listening to my favorite podcast (Tea or Books?, for those who aren’t listening – get it in your podcatcher immediately) and nodding along with one of the hosts as he lamented the fact that more people don’t know about and appreciate A.A. Milne outside of Winnie-the-Pooh. I started wishing that his work was more readily available and then began to muse on all of the other things I would like Santa to work on this year.*
…I would like someone to reprint A.A. Milne’s collected Punch columns, in cool-looking, affordable hardcovers. They’ve already been collected, in volumes that were rolled out in the 1920s, so this shouldn’t be an impossible task. Penguin UK, maybe this would be a good task for you. Get to work.
…I would like the original Broadway cast of Hamilton to get together and film the entire show, start to finish, for BluRay or digital download so we can all see it. I am indifferent as to whether they utilize time travel to accomplish this, or put a revival together just for one night. But those of us who can’t afford $5,000 theater tickets need this.
…I would like Persephone and The Folio Society to open up outposts on this side of the Pond, and I would like those outposts to be in Washington, D.C., not New York City, please.
…I would like Virago to print its entire Angela Thirkell line in paperback. Why are two titles being released as ebook only? I don’t understand this.
…I would like The Folio Society to release the full set of Anne books, not just Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, or I would like a promise that this is a move that is in the works. While we’re talking about reprints I want.
…I would like J.K. Rowling to write a four-book series about the founders of Hogwarts, one volume for each founder. And I would also like a longer series about the Marauders and the First Wizarding World War. And I would like to see Hogwarts, A History published and I would like it to be 1,200 pages long.
…I would like The Kennedy Center to put on both The Dover Road and Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2017, and I would like to be the director.
…I would like a Time-Turner, so I can get more reading done on my Classics Club challenge.
I don’t think that any of these things should be a problem. Some people do need to get to work churning printing presses and bending the space-time continuum, but both of those things are doable if you really try.
What do you want for Christmas?
*Obviously, this is not a real Christmas list. Or is it? If you are actually able to get me something off this list, then please, go nuts. Otherwise, HA HA.