Every Friday, the Anobium web staff provides some ideas for what to do with that paycheck in this new segment, “Commerce in Shall.” The title comes from Catherine Wagner’s poem “Macular Hole,” which can be heard here and is available from Fence.
In honor of that ubiquitous, American, shady shopping holiday, this week’s Commerce in Shall is rated according to extravagance:
- In the interest of pacing yourself, Garrett Tiedemann is going easy on you and recommends that you name your price on this demo by Human Pyramids, providing a soundtrack to which you may spend as the fancy takes you.
- For “your iPad loving grandma, your mysterious coworker, or your listless college-aged child:” gift subscriptions to the New Inquiry are now on sale for $25. At the typical price of $2 a month, here is an opportunity to sustain a paying market with a miniscule contribution.
- Liz Laribee’s cardboard portraits sell as fast as she makes them, so there’s no hope of Simone Weil, at $60, sticking around until I can afford her. This piece of art I surrender to the holiday shopping gods.
- Jane Mount and Thessaly La Force teamed up for My Ideal Bookshelf, which itself, at retailing at $24.99, is is a priceless harbinger of infectious enthusiasm, but after you’ve spent yourself into a frenzy consulting recent lists compiled by Masha Tupitsyn, Kate Zambreno, Gina Abelkop, and Andrea Quinlan, the fruits of your binge can be painted by Jane Mount (seven books from $250) inspiring guests of your book-crammed living space to go out and begin the cycle anew.
- “Based in Brooklyn, New York, Hollister and Porter offer services ranging from personal shopping consultation to full home makeovers.” Note how the discrete absence of a price list is overwhelmed by the sheer force of the Hovey Sisters’ love of design.