Christmas Letters from Hell

All the News We Hate from the People We Love

By Michael Lent
(Fireside Books, Paperback, 9781416539964, 129pp.)

Publication Date: November 2007

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Who doesn't love to open the mailbox during the holidays and find a newsletter? Whether it's a juicy missive from a college roommate inadvertently revealing her husband's wandering eye, a self-congratulatory account of a cousin's rise to power at the local fast-food joint, or a mind-numbingly detailed account of a year's medical ailments (including photos) from a coworker, they're always entertaining.

Christmas Letters from Hell skewers holiday letters of all shapes and sizes, from the ones that come crammed with cheesy graphics or written from the perspective of the recently neutered family dog to those filled with stories of "perfect" family vacations that were clearly anything but. Here Santa uses his holiday letter to let the elves know that he'll be outsourcing to China effective immediately; a bipolar mom tells two very different versions of the year's events; and Osama bin Laden touches base with his high school host family in Minneapolis.

Christmas Letters from Hell serves up a steaming, savory blend of the holiday cheer, humor, and twisted truth in our well-intended attempts to stay in touch gone horribly, horribly wrong.

About the Author
Michael an intermedia artist working with drawing, text, video, and installation; exploring time-based and new media as a method of art making. I'm fascinated by formal elements like line and shape and their influence across media. Recently I've focused on colour, its abilities to transform and its repercussions on image and idea, its use as a medium, and the materials from which it is made. I am falling in love with my materials, which makes the physicality of my work at least as important as the conceptual elements that inform it. Colour itself has the power to transgress its limits by high
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