The Verge staffers aren't just people who love technology. They're people who love stuff. We spend as much time talking and thinking about our favorite books, music, and movies as we do debating the best smartphone to buy or what point-and-shoot has the tightest macro. We thought it would make sense to share our latest obsessions with Verge readers, and we hope you're encouraged to share your favorites with us. Thus a long, healthy debate will ensue where we all end up with new things to read, listen to, or try on.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty - The Phenomenology of Perception

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Philosophy of mind is a personal passion of mine, and I just started re-reading this work after spending a few years apart from it. While Merleau-Ponty's prose is dense, his account of embodiment undergirds many of my own beliefs on the nature of human consciousness — and I'm always looking for a stronger foundation. You know, on top of all that nothingness. Plus, it's got a great cover.

Nexus 7

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The Nexus 7 is my first tablet, and it's honestly the first tablet that's made the iPad seem less appealing. Between the Gmail experience and Flipboard, I'd say it's already provided $200 of value — and I'm just getting started. The form factor, weight, and functional beauty of Jelly Bean are a splendid combination.

DayZ

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I used to be a huge player of mods — especially for Half-Life and Half-Life 2 — but in recent years I've gravitated towards more mainstream titles like Battlefield 3 and Company of Heroes. Still, even the most polished blockbuster games in the past few years don't hold a candle to the experience I've had so far in this survivalist multiplayer zombie game. While ARMA II's visuals aren't top-of-the-line, the game's tension, pacing, and overall atmosphere is unmatched right now. If you want a closer look at my personal misadventures in the zombie-infested world of Chenarus, check out one of my DayZ diary entries.

Zipcar

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Zipcar is a car-sharing service that's got a big presence in Washington DC and Baltimore, two places I currently roam. It's reasonably priced and incredibly convenient — the company uses a nice mix of technology between the web and with its mobile app that makes it possibly the most frictionless car renting experience out there. I can't see myself buying a car again unless I end up ditching this whole "technology" thing for a humble existence somewhere in Montana.

Black London Calf boots by Justin

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Okay, these aren't exactly new, but they're one of my favorite possessions. A few years ago a good friend of mine had a Western-themed wedding, and I had to buy some cowboy boots to stand beside the other groomsmen. As it turns out, these things feel fantastic, and they look great with a suit. They also up my cred as an urban cowboy.