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Calvin Trillin has famously used The New Yorker to advance his radical Thanksgiving agenda, arguing that the turkey ought to be replaced with spaghetti carbonara, or possibly by duck with Chinese flowering chives. (The Dining section of the Times ran a whole article this week about the spaghetti-carbonara idea.) Other New Yorker writers have maintained that Thanksgiving ought to be abolished outright, or modified beyond all recognition. Michael Arlen, in a 1978 Comment, complained that Thanksgiving was “not a really great holiday” (the meal, he said, was “a refuge for endangered species of starch,” like pumpkin). Bill McKibben covered, with some pleasure, the attempt to take Thanksgiving global by creating a World Gratitude Day.