When a Book Lover Wants a Book.

Things are moving fast around here.  We are close to nailing down a physical, brick-and-mortar, MTV True Life-ready location. We're talking design strategy, opening day celebrations, window decorations.  What I'm saying is, stay tuned because we're about to kick off this magic carpet ride.  

But before that happens, we have to get personal. A very special person is turning 25 (his name is Josh and he is my baby brother), and he asked for a book for his birthday.  What is a professed book lover to do?

I did some research, and these are some of my options. However, I'm looking to crowdsource this: what do you buy for a super-brilliant, multi-talented, many-faceted 25 year old third-year law student living in DC, headed towards NYC, with his heart permanently caught between Detroit and Algonquin Park?  He loves music (he's always heard it first) and philosophy and The Simpsons and people I'm not cool enough to know about. He's into history, he's into politics, he's the smartest and least affected. What's a protective, far-more-square older sister to do?

Josh was big into cartography in undergrad. He might know everything in this book, but he also might not!  Maybe there's a twist in the historical narrative here, since it focuses on a dodgy maps dealer.  

Josh was big into cartography in undergrad. He might know everything in this book, but he also might not!  Maybe there's a twist in the historical narrative here, since it focuses on a dodgy maps dealer.  

This seems like the type of dark trivia that would be fascinating at a dinner party. As Josh's older sister, I want to ensure that he is always the most interesting person at a proverbial dinner party.

This seems like the type of dark trivia that would be fascinating at a dinner party. As Josh's older sister, I want to ensure that he is always the most interesting person at a proverbial dinner party.

Is it possible he hasn't read this?  More insanely specific and beautiful trivia about one of Josh's driving interests, music. 

Is it possible he hasn't read this?  More insanely specific and beautiful trivia about one of Josh's driving interests, music. 

A niche population of radical collectors who seek out a rapidly disappearing fetishized object. Josh would dig this, probably?

A niche population of radical collectors who seek out a rapidly disappearing fetishized object. Josh would dig this, probably?

Josh should read this before he becomes a big-time city lawyer. Learn to take some time, bro.  

Josh should read this before he becomes a big-time city lawyer. Learn to take some time, bro.  

"Liner notes for hip hop junkies."  Does Joshman count? Likely. 

"Liner notes for hip hop junkies."  Does Joshman count? Likely. 

 

Somehow, this became an #OdeToJosh. Happy birthday, little brother.

(If you have any other suggestions for gifts, please leave them in the comments!)