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Moscow But Dreaming

By Ekaterina Sedia (Prime Books)

What it is:
Sedia is a Russian-born author of strange, lyrical fantasies who teaches science in Philly’s South Jersey suburbs when she’s not writing fairy tales about feminist wind-up robots and beach houses that drift off to sea. Her latest book collects 21 short fictions featuring ghost stories about beer, adopted children plagued by monsters, the absurdity of Nigerian-style email spam and a tale whose title, “Zombie Lenin,” pretty much says it all.


Who it’s for: Short story lovers, urban fantasy readers, Russian Americans.


Where to get it: Available wherever books are sold. (S.H.S.)


Scrabble-esque Drink Coasters

What it is:
Local designer Bryan Sculthorpe, a.k.a. YardsalePress on Etsy, is responsible for one limited-edition gift that’s currently in the process of selling out at South Philly boutique Nice Things Handmade: wooden coasters in the form of oversized Scrabble-style tiles. Buy the letters of your friends’ initials as unusual monographed gifts! If other holiday shoppers beat you to the punch, Nice Things Handmade has lots more budget-minded artistry to offer as well, like Volta Organics’ all-new line of candles and Paul Carpenter’s Phanatic tote bags and T-shirts.


Who it’s for: Significant others who work a desk job, board game junkies, Facebook pals who won’t stop nudging you to play Words With Friends.


Where to get it: Nice Things Handmade, 1731 E. Passyunk Ave. 267.455.0256. 
nicethingshandmade.com (S.H.S.)

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1. Theresa said... on Dec 5, 2012 at 12:17PM

“Where is the cute Phanatic Tee from?? (Story image)”

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2. Stephen Segal said... on Dec 5, 2012 at 04:09PM

“Theresa, the Phanatic T-shirt is by Paul Carpenter, sold at Nice Things Handmade — it's mentioned in the "Scrabble-esque Drink Coasters" writeup.”

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3. Kate said... on Dec 6, 2012 at 05:51PM

“Check out his website and store, awesome Philly stuff - www.paulcarpenterart.com”

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