LitReactor's 2018 Black Friday For Readers And Writers

Chuck Palahniuk famously wrote “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” Which is why we’ve got this Black Friday column going.

See, in order to follow this advice, you have to lose some stuff. Before you can lose some stuff, you have to OWN some stuff. Is it an accomplishment to be a so-called “minimalist” if you never had any stuff to begin with? Will you ever appreciate how free you are without your stuff if you never had any stuff to begin with?

This is your big chance. Step 1: Get the stuff. Here. Step 2: Get rid of the stuff. If it’s good stuff, you can do so by contacting me. Just PM me on this site. Step 3: Be truly free.

Coffee Maker

Well, duh. Do I need to tell you how this helps, how the best legal stimulant in the land might be of aid to you? Need I refer you to countless cartoons, fridge magnets, and memes regarding the necessity of coffee?

Buy Zojirushi EC-YSC100 Fresh Brew Plus Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker, 10 Cup, Stainless Steel/Black from



Wanna take your coffee game to the next level? Or at least turn your nose up at coffee makers? Either way, here's the answer.

Buy AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker - Makes 1-3 Cups of Delicious Coffee without Bitterness per Press from



Admit it, old man. You’re old, man. The good news, you can temporarily beat back the feeling of getting ever closer to death with some decent lighting. C’mon, you’re not living in a dorm anymore. Grow up, get some non-fluorescent illumination in your house.

Buy MoKo Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, 8W Touch-Sensitive Control Working/Reading Desk Light, Stepless Brightness/Color Temperature Adjustment Table Light,1-Hour Auto Timer,Adjustable Arm/Head LED Lamp - BLACK from


Stars Lamp

Okay, you got the mature thing done with a desk lamp. Now get yourself one of these. The reviews say they're great for babies. Sure. For all the super stoned babies who want to travel the universe. 

Buy Lighting Night Light, SCOPOW Star Moon Decorative Projector with Auto-Shut Off Timer, 360 Rotating Colorful Night Lamp for Bedroom Nursery Kid Baby Children Creativity Ingenuity Birthday Gift from



You'll use up a pack of Uniballs this year. Might as well get 'em on the cheap.

Buy uni-ball Roller Pens, Fine Point (0.7mm), Black, 12 Count from



If you're one of those monsters who uses a pencil, at least use one that looks like it's for grown-ups. 

Buy rOtring Rapid PRO Mechanical Pencil, 0.5 mm, Matte Black from



I worked for 7 years on a $100 laptop I got from Target. It was my only writing implement, had a battery that lasted almost as long as it took to move it across a room unplugged, and you were smart to fire it up about 15 minutes before you were ready to work. Take my word, a decent laptop is worth it.

Buy ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6" Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design with 180 Degree (Intel Celeron 4 GB, 16GB eMMC, Dark Blue, Silver) from



These things are never cheap, but once in a while they're on sale. 

Buy Apple MacBook (Mid 2017) 12" Laptop, 226ppi, Intel Core i5 Dual-Core 1.3 GHz, 512GB, 8GB DDR3, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, macOS 10.12.5 Sierra - Gold (Renewed) from



You can’t shut up the rest of the world. But you can make it seem like the volume’s gone down a little. Bonus: if you travel and fly without these things, you’re making a life mistake.

Buy Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, Noise-Cancelling, with Alexa voice control, enabled with Bose AR - Black from


White Noise Machine

These are a pretty good alternative to noise-canceling. They say this type of noise reminds humans of being in the womb. You know, that super comfy, pitch dark place you brined in your own urine? Can’t wait to get back there, eh?!

Buy Lectrofan High Fidelity Noise Machine With 20 Unique Non-Looping Fan & White Noise Sounds & Sleep Timer, ffp from


Fire Tablets

These are good for productivity, I’m told. Ah, screw it. Watch stuff. Watch Phantasm.

Buy Fire HD 8 Tablet (8" HD Display, 16 GB) - Black from


Kindle Paperwhite

I love me some paper books. But my Paperwhite has saved my ass more than a few times. Fun Fact: The book featured on the Paperwhite image is The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. Do people have to care about a fact for it to be "fun"?

Buy Kindle Paperwhite E-reader (Previous Generation - 7th) - Black, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers from


Water Bottle

Maybe you should take it easy on the coffee. But maybe, if you drink enough water, you won’t have to. This sucker hold 25 ounces and is only mildly phallic.

Buy S'well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 25 oz, Oxford from



If you want to talk about a lifestyle gamechanger, I’ve got one word for you: superwealth. But if you want something that just makes it slightly better to be alive (and also is attainable and also an actual word), then I have a different word for you: Slippers.

Buy Crocs Men's and Women's Classic Slipper, Comfortable Slip On House Shoe with Soft Fuzzy Liner from



I wrote a whole thing about how it’s a bad idea to buy a writer a notebook. But I never said anything about buying one for yourself. Or 30.

Buy Moleskine Classic Notebook, Hard Cover, Pocket (3.5" x 5.5") Ruled/Lined, Black, 192 Pages from



Spend a little more time writing, less time looking for your phone. Or keys. Or child. I'm pretty sure this can be applied to a human child. 

Buy Tile Sport (2017) - 1 Pack - Discontinued by Manufacturer from



Hey, we're not all about fitness around here, but this one purchase can save you from going to the gym in January. January: The month when we're all totally going to turn it around and get fit. 

Buy CAP Barbell Vinyl Coated Cement Kettlebell, 20 lb from


3 Months of Kindle Unlimited for a Buck

This saves you, oh, $30 dollars on the service. I’d advise you take them up on the 3 months, but set a reminder for its end. Trust me on this one.


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