American Notes: Seasoned Greetings

Through the holiday crush on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue last week walked a teenage girl with a stenciled poster: "How many shopping days until peace?" A few blocks away a giant billboard loomed over Times Square, bearing a Christmas message from Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono. The billboard—one of eleven put up on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard, London's Shaftesbury Avenue and in several European and Canadian cities—proclaimed: "The war is over ... if you want it. Happy Christmas, John and Yoko."

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