Greetings, faithful readers, and welcome to our consumerist manual to International Western Commerce Season! ... Er, better, our guide of handpicked holiday giftables for those folks you love and those you pretend to love (and if you yourself are among the latter, please watch for our upcoming self-esteem issue). It's another on-the-cheap season, to be sure, so our choices run the price-point gamut — there's plenty of stuff for the price of smokes, for example, and a few "trinkets" for those who can still exhale inside a rarefied tax bracket. After some dreaming, deliberation and study, you'll find something for anyone, from old English "D" necklaces, video games and Detroit-geek books to soul-soothing fiction (local authors even!), "adult" candy canes and tons of music and pop culture collectables (and cast-asides), and so on.
And after so much holiday assimilation, we plan to even have a nickel or two leftover! Nice. —Brian Smith, managing editor
Slip 'em a disc
by Metro Times music staff
DVDs, CDs, box sets and reissues to give — if only to yourself
by Metro Times book critics
An index of titles worthy of a spot under the tree
It's in the 313, baby
by Megan O'Neil
Do yourself (and all of us) a favor this season and skip online and mall shopping in favor of the local indie
by Bill Holdship
MT's annual guide to the year's grooviest rock literature
by Brian Smith
Last-word versions of classic Motor City related albums
Money's no object
by Sandra Svoboda
A selective list for the few who can still splurge and the many who can dream
'I began writing in mystery'
by Norene Smith
A few words with Philip Levine
by Ann Sexxton
To slide easily into the stocking
Detroit gets booked
by Michael Jackman
A shortlist of this year’s fab Motor City reads
Hanging around the scene
by W. Kim Heron
An obsessed photographer, eye-candy for crate diggers and a thousand lyrics
Swingin' X-mas party
by Bryant Franks
Or proof that you really do have opposable thumbs!
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