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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Last Minute Wishlist!

Being a bit of a procrastinator, I've only just started my own holiday purchasing binge. Here are some things that I love to recommend (or maybe just plain love).

Masterpiece Comics by R Sikoryak
There is not enough praise I can heap on this book. See more enthusiasm here. It is on its third printing in three months! Favourites? Action Camus (L'Etranger), "Good ol' Gregor Brown" (The Metamorphosis), and Gogo and Didi (Waiting for Godot).


Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman is intermittently brilliant. The rest of the time he is hilarious. Good for anyone who likes pop culture, and maybe even better for someone who disapproves of pop culture.

Blueberry Express by Misaki Kawai
Brightly coloured animals, scuba divers, and skiers grace the pages of this slim art book.


Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith writes about writing, writes about reading, writes about being. Everything she has to say, she says in perfectly chosen turns of phrase, using delightfully apt metaphors.

This American Life Seasons 1 and 2

If you've ever listened to the radio show and fallen a little bit in love with Ira Glass or public radio, this will further your crush, adding television to the many formats in which you can appreciate TAL's brilliant storytelling.

Notations 21 by Theresa Sauer
This is a diverse and beautiful collection of graphic scores - composers dissecting their own pieces graphically. Inspired by John Cage's Notations, Notations 21 features significant and noteworthy contributors like Karlheinz Stockhausen, Yuji Takahashi, and Earle Brown.


Pictorial Websters by John M. Carrera

This is exactly what it sounds like it would be: a visual dictionary of curiosities. Featuring a (giant?) squid on the cover doesn't hurt its appeal either.

Skateboard et Vahinés by Morgan Navarro
There is a dolphin. His name is Flipper, Flip to his friends. He's not in a kids show, although he is a teenager. Les contes de Flip sont comme les autres livres trouvés ici, a part que tous les personnages sont des animaux.

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