An 1867 reference to Dickens's "cashy, good-natured, shrewd English face" sent Anatoly Liberman at the Oxford University Press blog off on a hunt for the meaning and origin of the word cashy. Thanks to The Buzfuz for the link!
Slate's Forrest Wickman makes a convincing case that the blockbuster movie is inspired by A Christmas Carol -- having previously shown just how much The Dark Knight Rises was inspired by A Tale of Two Cities. I like the way this man thinks.
(In related news, thanks to Christy for sending along another piece that traces the Dickens-Dark Knight connection.)
BBC One has comissioned a new drama series called Dickensian, in which "characters from the author's novels cross paths in 'the most surprising of ways'." (More info here.) Seems to me we already did that -- let's hope they do as good a job as we did, eh? ;-) In all seriousness, I'm envisioning a Dickens-themed sort of Once Upon a Time, which should be pretty interesting! Longtime BBC writer Tony Jordan will be doing the writing.
I'm afraid I've had to set up comment moderation, at least for the time being. The spam has been out of control lately, and until TypePad figures out a way to fix their filter, this is the only way I know how to deal with it.