ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME… A HISTORY OF POSTWAR AMERICAN COOL, OBVS.
THANKS, ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE.
Words Oisin Lunny
- Panchenkarma Treatment, AGASTYAA HERITAGE AYURVEDIC HOSPITAL, POA
- Meditation Course, TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION, from £290
- Lee Brilleaux: Rock ‘n’ Roll Gentleman by Zoë Howe, BIRLINN, £9.99
- Adopt A Hive, CAPSTONE, from $25
- The Origins of Cool in Postwar America by Joel Dinerstein, AMAZON, £30
- Amazon Prime Membership, AMAZON, £79 per year
Amazon Prime membership might not be the most imaginative gift, but the benefits are sensational, and last for 12 months: free next day delivery, unlimited music streaming, free kindle books, and a Whole Foods tie-in.
A two-week “Panchakarma” all-natural detox at the Agastyaa Heritage Ayurvedic Hospital in Kerala would be a very generous gift, but it will make your beloved feel ten years younger, give or take a Christmas dinner. Hotel rooms come with their own private balcony, Indian Ocean sea-view and en-suite bathroom. On a similar theme, a course in Transcendental Meditation (TM) would make a generous gift to last a lifetime, but for something more affordable check out David Lynch’s line of TM-inspired jewelry, ‘Meditating Eye’. The tastefully enlightened range includes an Eye Colour Infusion expandable necklace with matching charm bangle, and a dapper men’s cuff.
Capstone takes previously blighted or vacant lots in New Orleans and develops them into productive gardens and orchards, providing food and advice at no cost. Adopt a hive and give the gift of food empowerment to your honey.
And I always like to gift a book or two. Lee Brilleaux: Rock ‘n’ Roll Gentlemanis the story of one of rock’n’roll’s greatest frontmen – a class act with heart, fire, wanderlust and a wild streak – while The Origins of Cool in Postwar America is the first work to trace the history of “cool” during the Cold War.
Originally published in PHOENIX Magazine.
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