October 18, 2004
Birthday Shopping Help
My birthday is roughly a month away (November 15th), and since last year's suggestions from the largehearted peanut gallery helped my wife considerably, she asked me to ask for your gift advice yet again. I can be difficult to shop for, so your help will be appreciated for Christmas as well. If you haven't been reading this blog for very long, here's my Amazon wishlist to get an idea of my tastes...
I'll be blindly forwarding all comments to my wife, Ms. Fingertips, and avoid reading them until after ny birthday. If she uses your advice, I'll send you a LHB surprise pack after the 15th. Thanks.
Posted by david on October 18, 2004
Your birthday is the day before mine, so I will clue you in on the suggestion that I gave my wife for my gift. The Wilco Book, advertised on the right frame of your main page, comes out on your birthday and I'm guessing will make the perfect gift for the Wilco fan in you. Word has it that the accompanying CD is almost worth the price of the book.
As much as it pains me to say it, I would take the McSweeney's book of the wishlist. It had stories I had already read before, and overall was subpar. Good luck, seems like he has everything already, so this isn't going to be easy.
Well, I'll refrain from recommending music, since as someone already said, he has everything already (or at least most of everything worth having).
But, after breezing through the Amazon wishlist - with the inclusion of the already mentioned McSweeney's book and the Escapist book it becomes ovbious that the man is a Michael Chabon fan. I'd do one of two things - either a subscription to McSweeney's (doesn't always include Chabon, obviously, but always has something a Chabon fan would appreciate) or I'd go for the Escpaist book. If you go for the Escpist book I might supplement it with the actual comic style books that preceded the book (you can probably find them on Amazon, if not, check Things From Another World, or eBay)
marla streb's - downhill
araon ralston - between a rock and a hard place
steven mitchell's translation of the tao te ching
post punk kitchen dvd: http://www.theppk.com/
i second the stephen mitchell tao te ching. my copy was thumbed over many times before disappearing into the ether. i should pick up another one of those.
as far as cameras go. the canon on d's amazon wishlist is pretty choice. but for pure geek envy, i'd go with the ubersmall pentax optio 5si or optio x. the former is the one small enough to fit in an altoids tin. the latter has swivelling screen.
i think the mcsweeney's subscription -- or the believer, also through mcswy's -- is a great idea. i let mine lapse & have to play catchup once i get my next paycheck.
and while the chabon stuff is great, i'd also recommend johnathan lethem, another mcswy's associate [alum?] -- motherless brooklyn is supposed to be great. earlier books -- girl in landscape, as she crawled across the table, this shape we're in. i should be paying closer attention to d's booklist to know whether he's hit any of these.
this year, i'd go with a piece of art from a local artist, if there's one you admire. something inspirational.
ahhh yes, also a Beleiver subscriber, and Lethem fan. Good stuff, and the subscriptions aren't too expensive (they have specials on the online store all the time http://store.mcsweeneys.net/)
you could always commission a portrait by david barnes, brother of kevin barnes from of montreal. he does all the of montreal artwork- http://www.thebeewithwheels.com/
Big screen tv! A largehearted puppy. Along the lines of ned's art commission idea, write a song, and hire someone to put music to it. Underwear with 'lhb' embroidered in it.
I hope this helps ;)
anything by Split Lip Rayfield.
(self titled debut cd)
In the Mud
Never Make it Home
Should Have Seen it Coming
don't know if I've ever seen you mention these wild punk-meets-blue/thrashgrass boyz out of Wichita, Kansas, but everybody needs a little Split Lip Rayfield in their lives.
Also, a neat DVD titled. Deep Blues:A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads
Also, the recent double disc "Essential Willie Nelson" kicks major bootie