Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) August 04, 2009 -- Who is the real St. Nicholas (a.k.a. âSanta Clausâ)? Is he a religious leader? He served as a bishop during the 4th Century A.D. Is he a pitch-man? Merchandisers rely on him and the season he represents to magically transform the color red to black. Is he the god-like uncle whom nice little boys and girls depend on to reap goodies through his annual largesse? The answer is: All of them and many more, since St. Nick is a commodity firmly ensconced in the Western cultural landscape. However, in comedian/author Phil Snyderâs new fantasy/humor novel, St. Nick and the Cane of Power, Nick is clearly Godâs man, as well as his own.
âIâm one of those many people who have found themselves ambivalent about St. Nick, and the mixed signals his portrayal in the media sends to our children,â Snyder explains. âOn the one hand, he is seen as jolly and generousâgood traits. On the other hand, heâs so commercialized, selling everything from electric razorsâwhich he obviously doesnât use himselfâto childhood obesity-inducing sodas.â Snyder continues, âIf I had a third hand, Iâd also mention that he tends to usurp Christâs centrality as the reason for the season.â
Snyderâs solution to this conundrum is "St. Nick and the Cane of Power," in which he melds the historical bishop with the modern cultural icon, reinventing and rehabilitating him into a spiritual superhero. Nick battles the dark anti-Christmas forces of toy magnate, D.B. Weebee, delivers the goodies to kids around the world, and still manages to maintain a wry sense of humor about it all.
The tome is available on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle, as well as https://www.createspace.com/3391967