November 18, 2009
I highly recommend you watch the 1952 film O.Henry's Full House (available here on Hulu), a series of movie vignettes based on a few O.Henry's stories, including "The Gift of the Magi." The movie is narrated by none other than John Steinbeck (author of The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men), who introduces the stories in a deep, mahogany voice as smoke from his cigar casts a hazy veil around his face. This film reminds me of another era where people worked hard and reaped the benefits of their good, moral characters. In many ways, I feel like our culture has lost those types of values. The stories are classic and humbling and make me appreciate the more basic joys of life in this coming holiday season.
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