Are you a last-minute gift buyer? Me too! So I worked up this quick Amazon list of my favorite books and music this year. I’m doing four and four so I don’t drive you crazy with too many choices. If you hurry, there’ll still be time for overnight shipping.
Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel – The Novel of the Year, brilliant and hilarious and perfect for our tech/currency-obsessed times.
The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea – This book will take you only a day or two to read and will completely change your life and career, the best gift you can give anyone who needs a boost.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen An amazingly inspirational true adventure. After reading you will become a runner, I guarantee it.
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator Annotated Edition – The greatest book about trading ever written, now gorgeously illustrated and annotated. A slam dunk for the trader or investor on your list.
Write About Love Belle and Sebastian make yet another album full of beautifully crafted songs. The title track would be a number 1 radio hit if there was still real radio in this country.
Broken Bells The singer/songwriter from the Shins collaborates with Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley, need I say more? Key tracks “Daughter” and “The High Road” are already stuck in your head, you just didn’t know who sang them.
Together – Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers make the alternative rock record of the year. Again. You can listen to the album all the way through and have a very tough time picking your favorite track.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Sorry haters, but the hype is deserved for Kanye West’s new masterpiece. He’s now putting out art that transcends the hip hop genre and is on a par with some of Stevie Wonder’s mid-70’s work.