Heads-up: If you think discovery of the Judas Gospel was exciting, wait until
we all get our hands on the newly-found An Easter Carol by Charles Dickens.
All the details have not yet been released, because the previously unknown
text has apparently been stolen by a rightwing, Hendricksonian anti-tax group.
A Christmas Carol (1999) (Patrick Stewart)
Here’s what f/k/a‘s investigatory team has learned so far:
An Easter Carol was apparently drafted by Dickens
before the release of his A Christmas Carol, but an
antitaxation publisher refused to print it.
Ebenezer Scrooge is also the protagonist of An Easter
Carol. He is, of course, a dreadful miser, and — to use
a term coined by Your Editor — a tax-whiner.
Scrooge (1970) (Albert Finney)
The discovered text has a plot remarkedly
similar to A Christmas Carol, with Scrooge
uttering his famous quote about Easter, rather
than Christmas: “a time for finding yourself a
year older, and not an hour richer”.
Scrooge is again visited by three Ghosts, and
has a total reformation — much of it due to the Easter
message of love and sacrifice for all.
A Christmas Carol (1984) (George C. Scott)
Again, the depiction of Ignorance and
Want moves Scrooge greatly, and he
vows to help raise public funds to assure
excellent education and a basic safety-net
for all of his fellow Britains. Tiny Tim’s death
also turns Scrooge into an advocate of universal
We hope that Prof. Maule and Prof. Carron will help us learn more about this Dickensian treasure. Until then, you might want to peruse some of f/ka–ethicalEsq‘s Tax Day Postings Past, which are in the spirit of An Easter Carol:
Albany Times Union/Barbara Cummings
– Trying to Tolerate Tax-Whiners (2003) [good stuff!]
– Tax-Whiner-Free Zone (2004)
– taxes and sycophants in athens (2005)
Also above is an image of Your Editor’s first Tax-Whiner
op/ed, from the Albany Times Union (“The Annual Whine
Festival,” March 31, 1998, B1)
of the New Year:
…………………………. Tom Clausen
from Homework (2000)
tax audit —
dents in damp grass
from the mower’s wheels
…………………………………. michael dylan welch
The Heron’s Nest (July 2004)
tax day —
a battery-powered breeze
stirs the desk chimes
Scrooged (1998) (Dan Murray)