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Nov 29, 2013

2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Here’s a bunch of stuff that made my life better this year that I think a wide range of other people would like, too. It’s all $5-$25, so great for stocking stuffers or people on a budget.

Parquet Courts, Light Up Gold - Loud, obnoxious punk. Best played loud. $16 on vinyl.

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey - A handsome little book full of the daily routines of famous artists, scientists, etc. Not sure how I feel about the way the entries are edited together, but there’s a lot of good stuff inside. $17

Island Of Lost Souls - If you ever wondered where Devo stole “Are we not men?” this is the movie. A 1932 “pre-code” adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau starring Bela Lugosi. It’s super creepy and cool, and the Criterion Collection DVD has kickass packaging. $20.

Palomino Blackwing Pencils - These are my absolute favorite pencils. They’re super-soft and write with a really smooth, black line — perfect for underlining in books and writing notes to yourself in the margins. $23/box.

Palomino Long Point Pencil Sharpener - Because good pencils need a good sharpener. “Shape the wood…then the lead!” $11

Stories We Tell - Director Sarah Polley finds out her dad might not be her dad. The resulting film is a beautiful meditation on memory, family, and storytelling. $15

Elvis Costello and The Roots, Wise Up Ghost - Really good. $7

Moleskine 2014 Daily Planner - This is the same notebook I’ve used to keep a daily logbook for the past five years. My logbooks are invaluable to me—easier to keep than a diary and way more helpful. $16

A Band Called Death - The story: three black brothers in 1970s Detroit played punk rock before punk rock existed (and before anybody wanted to hear it). $17

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt - I love Westerns. I love 300-page books with tight, fast chapters. I loved this book. My wife got me this for Valentine’s Day and it wound up being my favorite book I read this year. $12

Aqua Notes - I know, I know: they seem totally goofy, but I get a lot of ideas in the shower, and nine out of ten of them are bad, but that one that is good, well, it’s worth having something you can write it down on. $8

Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics - Not every album can be traced to a single tweet. This album sounds like Philly soul meets spaghetti Westerns. $20 on vinyl

Not enough? See last year’s gift guide→

Nov 24, 2012

2012 Holiday Shopping Guide

Here’s a bunch of stuff that made my life better this year that I think a wide range of other people would like, too. It’s all $5-$25, so great for stocking stuffers or people on a budget.

Beauty Is Embarrassing: The Wayne White Story - While Jiro Dreams of Sushi was a portrait of heads-down mastery and craft, this film captured the kind of artistic life I’m shooting for — one full of humor, family, and multiple mediums. $25

Gonzales, Solo Piano II - Beautiful, relaxing solo piano pieces that are perfect for working, cooking dinner, or trying to get a baby to sleep. $12

How To Live: A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell - Montaigne has been dead almost 500 years, but he reads like he’s writing about today. Bakewell’s biography does a good job of putting him in a context. You might want to add the complete essays and make it a gift set. $15

Cosmonaut iPad Stylus - Hands down, my favorite iPad stylus. Feels like drawing with a big fat crayon. Love it. $25

Bernie - I don’t know anybody who didn’t like this movie. One of Linklater’s best, and a great look at small-town Texas. $12

Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro - This isn’t just a book about design. It’s a book for anybody involved in creative work. I talked to a lot of design students and agency folks this year, and I probably pimped this book to them more than my own. $18

Hearos Foam Earplugs - Got me through long flights, noisy hotel rooms, and nights with a loud newborn. Highest cost/benefit ratio ever. $5

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs - A wonderful read about reading. Would make a great gift set bundled with How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read. $13

Moleskine small hardcover pocket notebooks - Smaller than the classic Moleskines so they fit in a shirt pocket. I carry one of these everywhere. $10

Paper Mate Flair Felt-Tip Pens - They feel good to write with and they give you a nice fat line that doesn’t bleed to badly. $10

Frank Ocean, Channel Orange - My most-played album this year, and the album my wife and I can agree on in the car. $7

Barry Lyndon - Holy shit, this movie blew me away. So good. $11

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick - Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies, but I’d never read the novel it was based on. The writing can get a tad clunky in spots, but it’s a great read. $8

Lambchop, Mr. M - There were many, many times this year when I sat at my desk and though, “What should I listen to? Eh, fuck it, I’ll listen to this Lambchop record again.” $10

We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider - A terrific book of funny, thoughtful essays about relationships and the “insoluble problem of being a person in the world.” $13

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