Nightstand: December 30, 2017

What's on my nightstand, browser, mind this week: 

"Tribe of Mentors" by Tim Ferriss. Tim asked the most brilliant and successful people he knows the same set of questions, including my favorite: "What is an unusual habit or absurd thing that you love?" I'm glad I purchased a hardcover. Now that I've read it through once, I will use it like a daily reader. Essential reading for anyone with an excellence mindset. 

"The Best American Short Stories 2017" edited by Meg Wolitzer. Adjusting to a television-free life in the dorms of Università degli Studi di Urbino one summer abroad during college, I fell in love with the American Short Stories series. I didn't enjoy this particular collection as much as others, but short fiction can be full of thought-provoking surprises.

"Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium: A Forgotten Treasure at the Intersection of Science and Poetry". Brain Pickings delves into Emily Dickinson's Herbarium journal, her "gathering, growing, classification, and pressing of flowers, which she saw as manifestations of the Muse not that dissimilar to poems" that is now available digitally in its entirety thanks to the Harvard Libraries. Reading this reminded me of two of my favorite books with botanical leanings: "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean and "The Signature Of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert. 

"The Marriage Decision: Everything Forever or Nothing Ever Again" on Wait, But Why. The construct of marriage in the modern age fascinates me. Tim Urban explores the "how" behind that decision moment. 

Moleskin Classic Collection extra-large soft cover ruled notebooks in Red and Turquoise and the Leuchtturm1917 2018 soft cover weekly planner and notebook in Emerald.