On My Shelf: Life and Books with Gracy Olmstead

Ivan Mesa | February 20, 2017

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers.

I asked Gracy Olmstead—associate managing editor at The Federalist—about what’s on her nightstand, books that have shaped her approach to journalism, her favorite fiction, why she’s only reading and listening to old things in 2017, and more.

What’s on your nightstand? 

  • The Revenge of the Analog by David Sax. It’s a fascinating consideration of our nostalgic return to “real things”—be they board games, Polaroid cameras, vintage records, or books. 
  • 1984 by George Orwell. It’s the book everyone’s been recently talking about, so I decided to dust off my copy. 
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Re-reading this as a juxtaposition to the former.
  • The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton. I’ve been told—time and again—that I should read Merton’s work. This year, I’m determined to. I’m hoping to read this book alongside my re-reading of St. Augustine’s Confessions, which is also on my nightstand. 
  • Phantastes by George MacDonald. I read this as a young person, and wasn’t immediately struck by it. Since then, I’ve learned that C. S. Lewis considered it one of his favorite books—indeed, as he notes in Surprised by Joy

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