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I just this moment finished reading Nativity, the Christmas story by Joseph Bottum. It’s wonderful–exhilaratingly wonderful, look all genuine artistic accomplishments. Portraiture as knowing and incisive as those of O’Hara. Prose as sure and glowing as that of Fitzgerald. And through it all the wry, self-possessed sensibility of a storyteller who long ago turned his back on New York to live in the Midwest–and seems to have decided to revive the great tradition of the American short story all by himself just because nobody else seemed interested.
The title of the story, again, is Nativity. It comes in at under 50 pages and costs less than two bucks. The beauty of the thing will wring your heart.Published in