My Christmas List
Once again my mother has surfaced with requests for a Christmas list. The harassment began earlier this week, when she sent me and my sisters an email titled “Christmas lists?” that contained a one-sentence message: “Any help in this department would be much appreciated.” Another missive came two days later, and when I spoke with her last night, she brought it up again. Anyway, last night I began thinking long and hard about what I want for Christmas, and here’s what I came up with. To be honest, it’s an off year — I can’t really think of much.
A cast iron skillet — Some of my cookware is falling apart, and I’d like to replace my cheap old pan with something more durable.
New shirts — I would like some new shirts that aren’t too dressy, but that I could wear to work. (Not that the dress standard is all that high around here, but I try not to look like a total slob on at least four out of five days.)
A new fleece — It has been a while since I’ve gotten a nice new fleece.
Books — I always make a list of books I want for Christmas. Here are a few titles that intrigue me:
“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn — This 2012 thriller has received rave reviews.
“This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz — I’ve read a collection of Diaz’s short stories, but I’ve never read any of his novels, which are supposedly really good.
“The Stand” by Stephen King — I’ve never read this, even though it’s supposed to be King’s best book, and I’m a big King fan. So maybe it’s time to finally see what “The Stand” is all about.
“Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” by Katherine Boo — Boo has done some excellent reporting on poverty, winning the Pulitzer prize for public service in 2000. Her new book, about an Indian slum, is supposed to be very good.
CDs — I always make a list of CDs I want for Christmas. Here are a few that interest me this year:
“Gossamer” by Passion Pit — I’m a big fan of Passion Pit’s 2009 album, “Manners,” and I’ve been meaning to pick this up for a while.
“The Very Best of Dr. John” — After seeing Dr. John in concert, I’d like to own more of his music. (I have his 2012 CD, “Locked Down,” which is very good.)
“Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings” by Aretha Franklin — This is a classic Aretha album, which I’ve had on my radar for some time.
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