A Quiet Habit of Connection: Reflections on Seek You by Kristen Radtke | Ordinary Habit

A Quiet Habit of Connection: Reflections on Seek You by Kristen Radtke

From observing the details of a book’s cover design to breathing in the inviting scent of its pages, these small acts make me feel a little less lonely in my body, even when I’m alone with my mind. This duality was at play while reading Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness by Kristen Radtke.

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Ordinary Habits, Fanatical Language: In Conversation with Amanda Montell, Author of Cultish | Ordinary Habit

Ordinary Habits, Fanatical Language: In Conversation with Amanda Montell, Author of Cultish

In the sixth installment of this series, Rachel Schwartzmann speaks with Amanda Montell about her new book, Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, and the habits she hopes to cultivate in reading, writing, and beyond.

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Nourishing a Habit of Love: Reflections on The Book of Difficult Fruit by Kate Lebo | Ordinary Habit

Nourishing a Habit of Love: Reflections on The Book of Difficult Fruit by Kate Lebo

Food writing is transportive and—especially during a period of isolation—a gift to the senses. Reading The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with Recipes) by Kate Lebo was certainly no exception. Lebo's storytelling is enough to satiate the most well-versed foodie. And while I initially thought the book would nourish my reading practice, it ended up feeding something much deeper.

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Life’s Ordinary Habits: In Conversation with Rainesford Stauffer, Author of An Ordinary Age | Ordinary Habit

Life’s Ordinary Habits: In Conversation with Rainesford Stauffer, Author of An Ordinary Age

“Ordinary” may take on different meanings depending on who you ask, but one thing is certain: An Ordinary Age will endure as a guidebook for the ages. Rachel Schwartzmann spoke with Stauffer about the book’s development and the ordinary habits that are important to her in reading, writing, and life. 

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The Art and Habit of Listening: Reflections on Earth’s Wild Music by Kathleen Dean Moore | Ordinary Habit

The Art and Habit of Listening: Reflections on Earth’s Wild Music by Kathleen Dean Moore

Earth’s Wild Music features new and selected essays from Moore, which are divided into four sections—aptly titled “Tremble,” “Weep,” “Awaken,” and “Sing Out”—and her poetic blend of reportage and personal reflection stays with you. Moore writes with an attentiveness that moves between empathy and accountability. 

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Habits with Heart: Reflections on Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad | Ordinary Habit

Habits with Heart: Reflections on Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad

Ordinary Story is a monthly series by Rachel Schwartzmann that features musings and conversations on one of our favorite ordinary habits: reading. In the first installment, Rachel reflects on Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad.

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