"Can't Buy Me Love"
Since a number of family and friends have remarked that I am the hardest person
in the world to shop for, I have decided to make it easier on you all this season.
You may now avert the crushing shame of failing to give thoughtful presents on
socially-designated occasions by reading this page about my preferences, or going to
Amazon.com Wish List:
- Rolling Stones (any and all)
- John Coltrane
- New Indie stuff you think I would like based on my other preferences that
would be difficult to get from friends or the internet (feel free to use the
All Music Guide)
- Classy dresses and/or skirts (size 6)
- Funky T-shirts and tops that help me avoid the Schoolteacher stereotype (size
- Cute shoes, esp. forties-ish (size 8)
Contrary to popular belief, I have not read everything and there are books
I still plan to buy. The criteria are these:
- They must be of outstanding literary quality if fiction, such that I would
be required to make my own notes in the copy and could not simply borrow it
from the library (Nobel prize-winners and cult classics are good places to
- Translations should be well-researched and authoritative (W.W.
Norton usually has excellent editions).
- Paperbacks are fine, but trade paper, not mass-market.
- Non-fiction should be seminal works in a field or contain the very latest
information available. Pulitzer-prize winning synthesizers are sometimes good
You are safer steering toward the twentieth century, but are welcome to check
my database for books I already have.
Of particular interset to me are the following:
- The Complete Works of Aristotle, translated by David Ross, two volume "blue"
edition, edited by Jonathan Barnes by Princeton (?) Press
- A complete set of St. John's College Lab Manuals (I lost mine). Call 1-877-SJC-Book
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I have only been
able to find the Harper Collins edition, but would love a bilingual or critical
- Pascal's Pensees, in a bilingual edition, or the original french
- Anything by Haruki Murakami
- Scholarly explication of Nabokov's Pale Fire
- Baz Luhrman's Red Curtain Trilogy on DVD