Uncensored from the Run With the Hunted Session Charles Bukowski
Bah, humbug! Is there someone on your list who's more likely to be ornery than filled with the holiday spirit? Trump the grump with "Uncensored From the Run With the Hunted Session," a recently released CD of archival recordings featuring Charles Bukowski reading his work and excerpts of interviews with the legendary barfly. Guaranteed to bring cheer to the meanest dirty old man.
Holiday Blues. Need to get a gift for someone who prefers John Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" to Julie Andrews' version? "Jazz" by Ken Burns and Geoffrey C. Ward tells the vibrant story of America's music from turn-of-the-century New Orleans to the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s. This thorough history will syncopate a music lover's steps with jazzy joy throughout the new year.
Have you been naughty? If you know someone in the mood for a little holiday mischief check out "Full Frontal Fiction" from Nerve.com. It's a collection of sexy short stories by provocative writers such as A. M. Homes, Robert Olen Butler, Mary Gaitskill and Elizabeth Wurtzel. A book that definitely beats socks and mittens.
Sugar and spice and everything nice ... That's certainly not all girls are made of these days. In "Girls: Ordinary Girls and Their Extraordinary Pursuits," sisters Jenny, Laura and Martha McPhee talk about some of the amazing accomplishments of young women today in this book of essays and photos.
Loew and behold. The perfect gift for merry pranksters everywhere. "Tough Call" is a book of prank phone calls by Mike Loew, an editor at the humor publication the Onion. For your laughing pleasure, Mike masked himself as a number of interesting people, such as a horny teenager, exposing the sexual incentives used by U.S. Navy recruiters and as a heavy metal rocker trying to break into the music industry.
It's the thought that counts: The Paris Review is one of the greatest literary magazines of all time. Created by Peter Matthiessen, Harold L. Humes and George Plimpton, the review features original works of fiction and poetry, interviews and essays. A one- or two-year subscription makes a great gift for literary minds of all kinds.