A Christmas List

Dear Santa,

   It’s been a long time since I last wrote you, but you’re as busy as ever. How are you? How is your wife? You know, I have too many books I haven’t yet read, but still I want a few more. Here’s the list:christmas cats from christmasfilesdotcom

  1. James Baldwin’s Another Country, because I need to read him; his 1963 “Letter to My Nephew” about loving the enemy is timely and so brilliantly written.
  2. Derek Parfit. On What Matters is a perfect title for a book of moral philosophy. Reasons and Persons, a less attractive title, nonetheless starts in a quite satisfying way. But one reviewer criticized the publisher for printing the paperback so badly, so may I have a hardcover?
  3. Jameson’s Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. (Actually, I think I have a copy somewhere, so you could just send an elf to find it for me.)
  4. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats, perversely good silly poems from a cat’s perspective. It is a holiday, after all.
  5. Plus some time and concentration to get organized and read the new ones I already have: Piketty’s study of Capital in the 21st Century and David Harvey on reading Marx’s Capital; Jo Baker’s Longbourn; David Abram’s The Spell of the Sensuous; David Schoenbaum’s big social history of the violin; Christianity: The First 3000 Years; Five Days at Memorial; and Classic Animal Tales.
  6. And finally, as always, peace on earth and good will.

Don’t miss your cocoa and cookies–this year they’re cranberry-oatmeal-chocolate chip-pecan!

Yours truly,


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