December 25, 2009

Holiday Cards. From Dictators.

I don’t send cards…I send a mass text with a corny photo of Redford (my dog) and I to my dearest friends and family…much greener and just as cheesy. Still, when I read this in the Sunday Times last, well, you know, Sunday, I was tempted to send good old fashioned cards for the first time in years. They’re brilliant.


Need to wish someone well? “The Greatest Happiness,” reads the front flap of one seemingly tender note, is “to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see those dear to them bathed in tears, to clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.” This second bit, courtesy of Genghis Khan, reveals itself only once the card is open. 

The brainchild of Glenn Nano and Steven Klein, friends who may have caused Machiavelli (yes, he’s a featured politico) to turn over in his grave, the stationery gig began as a funny notion cooked up over brunch…

…And a paranoid pal might take Benito Mussolini’s advice — “It is good to trust others,” reads the front… “But not to do so is much better” — literally.

For more, go to the NY Times.

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