First, the help. Which I realize I've been asking for a lot. It comes via the despair, and is asked for on behalf of Chestnut, who is frustrated with The Ways of the World.
What Chestnut would like is Someone (an Author) who is as funny and wise and satirical as Terry Pratchett, as willing to take on the foolishness of the world with a fond and sharp tongue. Also? It would help if said Someone were not yet dead, so s/he could be depended upon to produce more books. And also, she hopes, this Someone will already have written a bunch of books for her to begin reading now, while the Someone gets to work on writing more.
See, Chestnut believes (as do I, really) that times such as these, filled with Demagogues, Inexplicable Jury Decisions, Terror and Loss, not to mention weird 70-degree forecasts for a New York Christmas Eve—these times demand funny, biting books that don't shy away from looking despair in the face, and then (if possible) laughing merrily or ranting appropriately, or…you know, something.
Do you guys have a Someone for her?
And the Joyful Holiday to You is just what it sounds like. I wish you all many happy books to read, and discoveries to make. Read high and low and wide and deep, and enjoy it all.