All I Want For Hanukkah Is...

With Hanukkah just around the corner I decided to divert from my usual spazzy posts to share with all of you some items that I don't need that I want as presents.

During my 'Googling' I stumbled upon 8 things (one for each night) that are perfectly suited for a Couture Hippie, Music Junkie, Video-Game Pro, Avid Reader of Books, Philosophy Lover, Dedicated Blogger, Thrill Seeker, Super Hero Enthusiast, Dog Owner residing in New York City like myself

#1. Calendar "The Best Lyrics Ever"

"The Best Lyrics Ever" calendar features a different song lyric (season appropriate) for each month written in a different style.
So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away, to The Wild Unknown country where I could not go wrong - Bob Dylan
via The Wild Unknown

#2. Ceramic Gun Flower Vase!

via Suck UK

Not only do I love flowers, but I love love love shooting guns. I'm a bit like Robin Scherbatsky from "How I Met Your Mother" that way.

#3. White Patchouli Perfume by Tom Ford  
I currently wear Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf...

but when I smelled this amazing new fragrance by Tom Ford at Sephora I immediately knew it was perfect for my Couture Hippie style.

# 4 Personalized Bed for my puppy Parker

I moved into a new apartment just last week with Momo and there is plenty of space in the living room for Parker to have a bed. I found this one at Bow Wow Beds.  Only thing to decide now is the color.

#5. Autobiographies/Memoirs 
Pictures and Descriptions via Amazon

Decoded is an eloquent and candid memoir detailing the story of a man who was born in a Brooklyn housing project, spent his teen years dealing drugs on the streets of Trenton, New Jersey, and grew up to be one of his generation’s most successful artists and businessmen

“I didn’t decide to become anorexic. It snuck up on me disguised as a healthy diet, a professional attitude. Being as thin as possible was a way to make the job of being an actress easier . . .” 
Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action


Life...is way more than a revealing showbiz memoir. It is also a high-def, high-velocity portrait of the era when rock 'n' roll came of age, a raw report from deep inside the counterculture maelstrom of how that music swept like a tsunami over Britain and the United States. It's an eye-opening all-nighter in the studio with a master craftsman disclosing the alchemical secrets of his art.

 #6. Literature and Fiction Books


In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old...But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary.


In Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, foibled fabular heroines are given the opportunity to, finally, display all those humanlike thoughts and behaviors they’ve been banned from for ages. There’s the motherless bear who alienates herself with her incessant, self-centered solicitations of pity, and the potbellied pig who, no matter the diet, just can’t lose his breed-inherited descriptor.

 #7. Non Fiction Books
In order to explain the universe, the authors write, "we need to know not only how the universe behaves, but why." While no single theory exists yet, scientists are approaching that goal with what is called "M-theory," a collection of overlapping theories (including string theory) that fill in many (but not all) the blank spots in quantum physics; this collection is known as the "Grand Unified Field Theories." This may all finally explain the mystery of the universe's creation without recourse to a divine creator.

The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class—made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding—has been growing in power for a generation, transferring wealth upward through increasingly complex financial mechanisms and political maneuvers. The crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how they’ve hijacked America’s political and economic life.

Why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? Challenging our cherished belief of the "self-made man," he makes the democratic assertion that superstars don't arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent: "they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot."


Addresses a "logical slippage"--as James Ryerson puts it--in Richard Taylor's six famous presuppositions that contend that man has no control over his fate. The paper, a survey of Taylor's argument and its influence on late-20th-century philosophy, is reprinted in its entirety, and the language of modal logic can be heavy going at times--be prepared for pages of highly specialized discussion on logic that necessitate accompanying diagrams. Still, as an early glimpse at the preoccupations of one of the 20th century's most compelling and philosophical authors, it is invaluable, and Wallace's conclusion--"if Taylor and the fatalists want to force upon us a metaphysical conclusion, they must do metaphysics, not semantics"--is simply elegant.

#8. Tickets to Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark on Broadway

I am excited about this show not only because it is about Spider-Man (who Parker was named after) and received great reviews but because the music and lyrics are by Bono and The Edge of U2 and because it is supposed to be a new take on the classic comic story.

Director Julie Taymor (past works include The Lion King and The Magic Flute) said in an article about the play in Vogue that:
Spider-Man is a genuine American myth with a dark, primal power. But it’s also got this great superhero, and—hey!—he can fly through the theater at 40 miles an hour. It’s got villains, it’s got skyscrapers, it’s colorful, it’s Manhattan. I knew it would be a challenge, but I saw the inherent theatricality in it, and I couldn’t resist.”
The Vogue article is accompanied by stunning photographs taken by Annie Liebovitz.


Mary Jane (Jennifer Damiano) falls into the clutches of the Green Goblin (Patrick Page). Will Spider-Man save the day?
Alexander McQueen red printed silk chiffon bustier dress. Shot on location at Foxwoods Theatre, NYC. Mask by Julie Taymor.

Fashion Editor: Tonne Goodman.

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz
The slideshow can be seen its entirety here
The official site to buy tickets can be found here

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