Well, it's that time of year again—as I have every year since we began, I'm closing up shop for a few days to celebrate the ancient Solstice holiday, joining in whilst much of my culture commemorates Mithras and Mammon and honors the Christ Child. We're hoping to raise a flagon of nog with friends and relatives, smell the scent of pine indoors, trade gifts, and eat. Well, overeat, but overeat well. (Hey, a palindrome.)
I'll be back before the New Year gets here. We've got a lot of good stuff coming up: I spent a couple of hours on the phone yesterday with Peter Turnley, and it looks like we might be able to bring you his selection of his work from every phase of his career, which is going to be interesting to say the least. Howard French is working on an interview with one of our favorite photographers, and Christopher Lane has written a guide to a category of products that's been stirring great enthusiasm amongst equipment nuts recently (I can use that disparaging term because I'm one). I've been working on the next TOP Ten Cameras, we have in the hopper some more good book reviews from Geoff Wittig and from myself, and of course we'll name the Book of the Year 2009 and the Camera of the Year 2009 as part of our eagerly-awaited pointless end-of-the-year awards. And, perhaps best of all, we have a very pleasant surprise coming up on or about the 20th of next month. I cannot say more now. I'm pretty sure I wasn't supposed to say that much.
I know the following has made the rounds on sites of every description and innumerable email forwardings already, but I can't resist one more time because I love it:
And with that, a Happy Holiday Season to all. Back soon. I'll leave you with a nice little post by my friend-I've-never-met John K. about how our subjects choose us, which I'll put right above this one.
And now, back to working on that chain between my ankle and the leg of the desk—now, where did I put that hacksaw, again?
—Mike, TOP's M. of C.'s and and Longsufferin' Bob Cratchit Figure