The first thing you bought from Amazon

May 4th, 2010  |  Tags: , , ,  |  4 Comments

Several writers I enjoy (e.g. Meghan McArdle and Joseph Bottum) have been posting about the first order that they ever placed at Since I’m on a first-name basis with my UPS guy, I thought it would be fun to do so myself.

Unfortunately, the first book I ever bought from Amazon is pretty embarrassing: on March 1, 1998, I bought a translation of Theodor Adorno’s Mahler: A Musical Physiognomy. I had hoped that Adorno’s interpretation of Mahler’s oeuvre would prove useful for some research I was doing at the time. It did not.

(The first audio recording I bought from Amazon was this Norman/Boulez recording of Bluebeard’s Castle.)

What’s the first thing you bought from Amazon?