On One Hand

December 8, 2005

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JE$U$!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 7:50 pm

What books do you all like? My family is nagging for a Christmas list. I don’t like expensive gifts, and don’t really care for anything at all, since I don’t really play until the whole materialism bit and it’s not like I have the time or money to give as many gifts back. But if I don’t ask for something cheap they’ll find something not only expensive but also useless and give that to me, and then I’ll be stuck with it. So I need to come up with some sort of list, and hope it’s not too late.

Mind you all, I’m the kid who told my mom that I wanted a kitchen floor for my fourth birthday. I’d heard my parents talking in passing about re-doing the kitchen, so when my mom asked me what I want, I said “uh, I guess a new kitchen floor would be nice.” When I was ten I got an oak tree, which is still alive and is to this day probably the best gift I’ve ever gotten. I am notorious for asking for plants, and when I moved out and went to college I left them all with my parents since they won’t fit in my apartment. So now my parents are now stuck with over ten amaryllises and various types of cactuses that are now growing too big for thier pots and filling virtually every windowsill in the house.

Anything expensive is inherently pointless. My list so far has some blank journals, maybe a sweater, a wall tapestry, and books. So, what books are good? Let me know what you like, and, importantly, why you like it so I can see if I would too. I know that’s what I’ll end up getting a ton of so I’d like to be specific about what I want.

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15 Comments »

  1. Depends on what kind of books you like really… If you like fantasy-fiction, try Eragon. But i’m guessing college students are a little too mature for young adult fiction how about a big book on politics, or world views.

    Comment by uriebaz — December 9, 2005 @ 4:41 am | Reply

  2. feel free to put things i may have to borrow (“steal”) like movies and music.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 9, 2005 @ 4:50 am | Reply

  3. Brother of mine

    feel free to put things i may have to borrow (“steal”) like movies and music.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 9, 2005 @ 4:55 am | Reply

  4. my fav books are, as they pop into my head

    alice in wonderland/through the looking glass
    the one about the girl and the cat and the queen of hearts…

    the language instinct, stephen pinker(t?)
    about why this guy thinks grammar is something we’re born with, not something developed. it’s written so anyone can read it, not jus linguists

    the golden ratio
    about phi, and how badass it is

    that’s all i got right now
    denise (dude IM me cuz i lost your addy. i kind of threw away my entire buddy list on accident…)

    Comment by Anonymous — December 9, 2005 @ 6:04 am | Reply

    • ituzzip. it’s my last name backwards.

      Comment by ononehand — December 9, 2005 @ 6:06 am | Reply

    • A Pinker book that is written for anyone to read? I’ll believe that when I see it. I had to read one of his for a class and I thought my head was going to explode by page 30… Have you read any of his stuff Matt? Let me guess, you loved every word…

      Comment by someutopia — December 9, 2005 @ 9:55 am | Reply

  5. seriously man

    You should read one of David Sedaris’ books. My friend let me borrow a book he wrote called Barrel Fever and it was one of the funniest books I’ve read. I actaully laughed out loud while reading it. and the reason I like his books os much is because he’s honest about everything with no bullshit. You should actually read Naked or Me Talk Pretty One Day, haven’t read them yet, but I’ve heard they were much funnier. Go with Naked.

    Comment by alfaiate — December 9, 2005 @ 7:01 am | Reply

    • Re: seriously man

      I’m actually quite familiar with David Sedaris, and was hoping to get tips toward writers similar to him.

      Comment by ononehand — December 9, 2005 @ 8:11 am | Reply

      • Re: seriously man

        Nick Hornby is similarly wry and funny, though possibly falling more on the pop culture side of the spectrum than David Sedaris. Also, if you’re looking for something challenging and original, Ken Kesey’s “Sometims a Great Notion” is an amazing novel. It’s difficult to read because it switches voices and tenses and points of view and the narrative is non-linear, but the writing at the same time is fascinating and pulls you in and really presents a unique, almost mythical portrait of very ordinary characters. Also, Chuck Klosterman’s book of pop culture essays “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs” is not only brilliant but brilliantly funny. If you want to laugh out loud reading a book, you should read it. 🙂

        Comment by acerbic_wit — December 9, 2005 @ 4:56 pm

      • Re: seriously man

        I’ve read the Chuch Klosterman book, loved it. We seem to have the same taste.

        Comment by ononehand — December 10, 2005 @ 12:15 am

  6. Well, instead of getting a book why not have the money donated to something you care about.

    Comment by fb_shs — December 9, 2005 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  7. I read a lot of thrillers. I suggest you check out Lee Child or John Sandford. If you like “light” thriller reading, Irish Johansen is good as is Catherine Coulter. Don’t read Dan Brown not worth it.

    Other authors I read:
    Alex Kava
    Jennifer Weiner
    Jane Green
    Tami Hoag

    I started reading a lot again when I got a new job in NYC, so I’m reading two-three books a week.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 9, 2005 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

  8. DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman – A psychiatrist researches DMT as a possibile biological basis of mystical and near death experiences. It’s genuinely honest, the guy writing it doesn’t try to force his assumption onto what he finds out.

    The Myth of Sysiphus by Albert Camous -The philosophical backbone of Camous’s other works(ie. The Stranger) that sets the stage for his literary absurdism.

    Food of the Gods : The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence Mckenna. I just started reading this book so I can’t tell you much about it. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553371304/002-3951052-2116020?v=glance&n=283155

    Comment by entamishmish — December 9, 2005 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  9. if you want thought provoking, god’s politics: why the right gets it wrong and why the left don’t get it by jim watson, i think his name is.

    Comment by volatile_freq — December 9, 2005 @ 10:22 pm | Reply

  10. Ever heard of Powell’s books in Portland. They have a website. Huge selection of books. Largest bookstore in the world so I hear. Maybe they could get you a gift certificate there.

    Comment by tempur_tempur — December 10, 2005 @ 12:41 am | Reply


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