Forget ‘Auld Lang Syne’: A Brief, Depressing Tour of New Year’s Literature

According to an out of date Harris poll, New Year’s ranks sixth on the list of America’s favorite holidays, far behind Christmas and Thanksgiving. Still, even its piddling two percent support from the general population probably far outstrips its favor with writers and poets, who are known to loathe it unremorsefully. An unwelcome reminder of time’s indifference — and of our willingness to resign the recent past to the trashcan of history — New Year’s gives little cause for writerly goodwill or cheer. With this in mind, here are just a few drab examples of literary disregard for our most capricious day of celebration. In with the old, out with the new!