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The Death & Company book – I kid you not, this is the best cocktail book currently out there.
Cocktail – out of print and kind of dated, now, but the book that made me passionate about good drinks!
Proof: the science of booze – Is it whisky or is it geek? It is both!
Ice crusher – if you don’t have a crushed ice thingy on your freezer, get one of these. Essential shit.
Bar measure – I used to think it was cool to just free-pour everything, but now I’ve realized good cocktails are just like good science: without repeatability, you have nothing.
Giant ice cube tray – oversize “rock” ice cubes are game changing for something like an Old Fashioned or Negroni…all of the chill with a fraction of the dilution of their less grandiose peers.
Godel, Escher, Bach – not only is this possibly the geekiest book ever written, but it also pairs spectacularly well with Scotch.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – not only is this book gloriously eccentric, what with the footnotes and all, but it is also a wonderful exploration of introversion and geekiness.
The Name of the Rose – murder, monks, codebreaking, a labyrinth, and lots and lots of books.
Deck of cards – a pack or two of playing cards remains the most versatile and compact form of gaming around. Part of my Everyday Carry.
Carcasonne – for being so accessible while offering an interesting, almost inverted, play mechanic, Carcasonne is not only a great “gateway” but reliably entertaining.
Dominion – a great, quick to play card game. The many types of cards can get fussy, but lacking a board it is great for travel.
Ticket to Ride – another classic “gateway game” for those too used to Monopoly, Scrabble, and the stayed classics.
King of Tokyo – Gloriously silly, a new favorite with a broad range of age and sobriety tolerance.
Sprial grid notebooks – real geeks are anachronistic motherfuckers who take notes in a spiral notebook.
Fountain pens – because how else are you going to write anachronistically in your anachronistic notebooks?
Slide rule – get yourself a Keuffel & Esser 4081 Decitrig, learn to use it, and you’ll never have to prove yourself in any other way.