For our annual gift guide, asked contributors and assorted luminaries to tell us what's high on their holiday wish list -- and what charity they'd like their friends to support.

What's on their wish lists?

Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and other books.
On his list: A vacuum record cleaning machine

I listen to a lot of records, the whole time I'm writing, on a Hitachi 550 turntable with an old Marantz 1060 integrated amplifier through new Polk speakers. It's good for my aching wrists to have to get up from the keyboard every 20 minutes and turn the record over, take a break. So I'm pretty steadily buying old records, too, at estate sales and local shops like Amoeba and Groove Yard and 1-2-3-4. Sometimes they come home pretty badly grunged up, especially fresh from some old guy's basement. I mean what is that stuff? I have a variety of bizarre brushes and cleaning implements, and a very cool Spin-Clean that works well. But it's not vacuum powered. And it didn't cost $500+! You could use this VPI machine to clean the stardust off a spacesuit.

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Chabon's holiday charity: MacDowell Colony

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