Attention, Shoppers: Your Dreams in Aisle 3

For a long time, I didn't realize that I was born to shop. I am not amused when I enter my local Kmart during the holiday season and come face to face with a pair of life-size, gyrating mannequins in red-velvet suits -- Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus -- just past the security sensors. Neither am I cheered by the slogan on the window of a nearby Virgin Mega-store: "Merry Savings to You!" But since I have published a book about the culture of shopping in America, I take those spurs to buy