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Last minute media gifts

The L Word: The complete series

Music, movies and books make great holiday gifts, and most can be ordered online — through local LGBT stores or major web retailers — to avoid fighting crowds at the mall.

Here are some options for your gay giving.

MUSIC

“Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Volume 2” (Columbia, 2011)

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Looking for a new ride this fall?

The new FIAT 500

As with pickles and porn stars, inches matter. But bigger isn’t always better —which is why low-cost, high-mileage compacts are now so popular.

Some automakers are taking a page from the “Cars 2” playbook and churning out Lightning McQueen wannabes — with bulging fenders, raised rear ends and smiling (or sometimes snarling) grilles.

Others are ramping up recycled content and safety gear. And some are touting the latest high-tech gadgetry.

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Survive the summer doldrums

GA Voice summer guide

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is over and Labor Day’s trips and parties remain a distant blur on the hazy horizon. Here are 50 ideas to get you through the hottest days in Hotlanta.

5 BOOKS FOR LOUNGE CHAIR READING

• “In My Father’s House” by E. Lynn Harris (St. Martin’s Griffin, due out 8/2/2011): The final novel from Harris, who died unexpectedly in 2009, was intended as the start of a series. Set in Miami’s South Beach, it features bisexual modeling agency owner Bentley Dean.

• “Sometimes She Lets Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica” (Cleis Press) and “Teleny and Camille” by Jon Macy (Northwest Press): These collections won the 2011 Lambda Literary Awards for lesbian and gay erotica, respectively, and are sure to make hot nights even hotter. You may want to tuck them in a magazine for poolside reading, depending on company, since your friends might steal them and your parents might pass out.

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Sweet, sweet Auburn

Bell Street Burritos

We have a historic gem in our city called Sweet Auburn, and I’m sure somewhere in the South there’s a drag queen with the same name and she’s fierce.

The Sweet Auburn Curb Market is a huge farmers market located in Downtown Atlanta on Edgewood Avenue that features restaurants and specialty culinary shops.

Whatever craving you have can be found here.

Like any good Southern drag queen, Sweet Auburn has character and charm. You get a sense of historic Atlanta while the convivial merchants are only too happy to guide your palate into simple satiation or splendid nirvana like the Sweet Auburn Bakery, with transcendental strawberry cheese Danish, or Miss D’s New Orleans Pralines.