No matter how many treatises on Zen Buddhism I read, the part of me raised in the world’s most capitalistic culture wants things. Lots of things. I have tried reducing my consumption, especially in the realm of bulk purchases. I try to buy quality over quantity and if I must buy new, I try to buy things that last. But it’s back-to-school season (even for grown-ups), and I want to shop. Only now that I’m a grown up, I want things that don’t come cheap. In the interests of collecting, here are a few of the things I’m craving. Until my bank account gets a little (ok, a LOT) more full, I’ll have to settle for desire.