Things Justin McIntosh loves

By Columbus Alive
From the February 14, 2013 edition

Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt Driven Turntable

I want to own things, physical things, like books and records, that I can pass down to my kids — a legacy of sorts. This endeavor requires, I decided, a new record player. My prolific research (read: Amazon reviews) told me this is the best turntable under $300 (it goes for about $77). Even hooked up to simple computer speakers sounds worlds better than my last record player, a Lifesavers cardboard briefcase with built-in speakers.

The Hills Market Downtown

An early tour last week showed me just how awesome this place will be for downtown workers, residents and students. I’m, perhaps, most excited for a grocery tote being made out of recycled billboards for the market. The popular local company Seagull Bags is making the tote for the market through a partnership with CivitasNow.

Busts of classical musicians

I have no idea how these came to be in my possession, but I have about a dozen lying around the house somewhere. My wife and son hate them. I love them. So I brought Ludwig and Johann along with me to work.

Fleet Feet’s running race series

These race series are starting to spoil me. This weekend’s Rocks & Roots trail race, provided runners, for instance, with a hoodie, a handheld water bottle, a technical race shirt for each of the two races, a pair of running socks and more — all for less than $100. A single race, especially long distances like marathons, cost about the same and you get a quarter of the swag. Another series coming up featured a free pair of running shoes.

George Saunders’ “Tenth of December”

I spend all day reading stories, so the last thing I want to do at home is read more stories. To capture my fleeting attention, the stories have to be special. These are. Filled with grace, empathy, black humor, absurdity and, ultimately, humanity, “Tenth of December” is also subtle. It’s crazy good, and if you’re not paying attention you’ll miss out on why David Foster Wallace once called Saunders the most exciting voice of our time.