Mar 3, 2016

What We’re Reading: The Offline Edition

March 3, 2016

What We’re Reading: The Offline Edition

Written byHighway Twenty

Spring is here, and we’re dreaming of spending time outside, offline. Our team started talking about what we’re reading when we’re not staring at our screens. The result is an eclectic mix of amazing reads and some pretty pictures. We couldn’t help but share. What are you reading?

In no particular order, here is WWR: The Offline Edition.


Carla Sandine

Carla Sandine, President

“I preordered Rebecca Traister’s All the Single Ladies before I was halfway through her New York Magazine article last month. And I can’t take Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me off my nightstand. I read it back in December, but have gone back to it a dozen times to find quotes stuck in my mind. It’s a beautiful, important book that I’ll give to my son one day.”

Also reading: Steve Phillips’ Brown is the New White, this month’s Harvard Business Review, and a never ending stack of issues of the New Yorker. (1/7)


Katie-Lee Faulkner

Katie-Lee Faulkner, Digital Content Producer

“When I was in school, I wrote one of my final feature stories on Arizona’s adult performance industry, and I’m fascinated by gritty prose. That’s why I picked up Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys by David Henry Sterry and Richard Martin at Changing Hands. It’s both sad and riveting, and the stories from real-life characters are unforgettable.”

Also reading: Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Valentine De Landro, and The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison: Wilderness written by the psychedelic icon and compiled by Wilderness Publications. (2/7)


Kirsten Markson

Kirsten Markson, Chief Marketing Officer

“I always have too many tabs open on my browser, and am reading too many books at once. Recently I’ve been loving rereading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series to my girls, and catching up on bios by Kim Gordon and Carrie Brownstein, two amazing women whose talent and style have inspired me for years.”

Also reading: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Slade House by David Mitchell, and Submission: A Novel by Michel Houellebecq. (3/7)


Lizelle Galaz

Lizelle Galaz, Visual Designer

“The very first design book I read was written by Pentagram partner Michael Bierut, and his recently published monograph How to Use Graphic Design to Sell Things, Explain Things, Make Things Look Better, Make People Laugh, Make People Cry, and (Every Once in a While) Change the World is an impressive collection of great design, and even better advice. Bierut writes, ‘Graphic design, where form is so dependent on content, is a perfect way to learn about the world. I design best when I’m interested in the subject matter. As a result, I’ve learned to be as interested in as many things as possible.’”

Also reading: Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, Love Style Life by Garance Dore, Design as Art by Bruno Munari, Logo Modernism by Jens Müller and R. Roger Remington, Thoughts on Design by Paul Rand, Purity by Jonathan Franzen, and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits by Debbie Millman. (4/7)


Rachel Dodell

Rachel Dodell, Digital Content Producer

“When I’m not annotating excerpts from various journals for class, I try to squeeze in some light reading. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of my favorite political figures (I went as her for Halloween this past year), and I instantly pre-ordered Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg when I discovered it. The book does an excellent job of combining the pop culture phenomenon with her fearless biography.”

Also reading: Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay and too many textbooks. (5/7)


Ellen Laux

Ellen Laux, Art Director

“These are three of my favorite references lately. Visually, each is stunning, but the process they share, of how they get there, is most interesting to me right now.”

Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors: Things We Made by Roman and Williams, the October issue of T Magazine, and Winkreative Design Stories by Winkreative and Camilla Belton. (6/7)


Nora Kish

Nora Kish, Marketing Manager

All of these serve as different placeholders in my life. My Master’s in Literature-holding uncle had me read In Cold Blood in middle school, but  Capote is a bit more profound at 25 versus 12. Siddhartha is a small but powerful book that has come in and out of my life at all the right times, and now is no exception. And as for Remote – that one’s fairly obvious.”


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