Thursday, December 15, 2005

Christmas Wish List 2005

Here's my ode to the commercialization of Christmas. My mother called me yesterday to ask what I wanted for Christmas. I hadn't put much thought into it, so today I wrote out a Christmas list, which I've posted here just because.

Books: (political)
Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think by George Lakoff
When Presidents Lie: A History…by Eric Alterman
God’s Politics: How Conservatives Get it Wrong and Liberals Don’t Get It by Jim Wallis

Books: (religious, Christian)
Systematic Theology by Paul Tillich (any and all volumes)
A History of Christian Thought by Paul Tillich
Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another by Rowan Williams
Love Burning in the Soul: The Story of Christian Mystics, from Saint Paul to Thomas Merton by James Harpur

Books: (religious, Jewish)
The Prophets by Abraham Heschel
Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity by Abraham Heschel
I and Thou by Martin Buber

Books: (religious, Buddhist)
The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin
Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teaching of Master Seung Sahn edited by Stephen Mitchell
Hooked: Buddhist Writing on Greed, Desire and the Urge to Consume edited by Stephanie Kaza
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Books: (Japanese philosophy)
Bushido: The Spirit of the Samurai by Inazo Nitobe
The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba (translated by John Stephens)

[Note: Feel free to get me any other book that looks interesting.]

Movies (on widescreen DVD, of course, and in no particular order)
Moulin Rouge!
To Kill a Mockingbird (the Gregory Peck version)
Malcom X (the Spike Lee version starring Denzel Washington)
Schindler’s List
Merchant of Venice (the new one starring Al Pacino)
Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2
Office Space
Batman Begins

TV shows on DVD
The Simpsons (seasons 3-7, since I already have seasons 1 and 2)
The West Wing (any season)

Nintendo Game Cube stuff
2 new controllers (preferably wireless so that Adam will stop swinging them around and smashing them)
Memory cards
NBA Live ‘06
Donkey Konga and/or Donkey Konga 2

Wishful Thinking (big ticket dreams)
Digital video camera and software etc. to burn home movies to dvd
Home theater/ surround sound system

Music products available only on the Internet

Daniel Amos, "The Making of Mr. Beuchner's Dream DVD"
Daniel Amos, "Live in Anaheim '85 DVD"

7&7 is "Fun With Sound"

from Iona:
Iona "Live in London (double DVD)" (not yet available)
Iona "The Circling Hour" (cd, also not yet available)
Iona "Songs For Luca" (double cd)
Iona "The River Flows" (4 cd Boxset Anthology)


Tom said...

Don't like to read or anything, do you? You're such a nerd.

Princess Pinky said...

now just post one for your increadibly hard to shop for wife!!!

Brian Cubbage said...

I never imagined that there could be anyone out there with more books on his Christmas list than me. But you, sir, are that man!

Sandalstraps said...

I only have more books on my Christmas list than Brian because he has more books on his shelf than me. I'm trying to catch up.

Brian Cubbage said...

OK, perhaps I do have more books than you, but people keep writing good books, and there are so many good old ones that I never seem to keep up. Sometimes, I want to follow Faust's lead-- get rid of all of my books and make a deal with Mephistopheles.

(Ack-- a literary reference! More books! Somebody help me!)

Glorious said...

On the off chance I'd find a match, I Googled "Daniel Amos" and "Heschel." That I found any response surprised me, and that I found your site made me smile. I will spend more time here soon. Namaste!