For this week’s #TheQLNightstand series, we’re excited to feature Julie Alvin, the Executive Editor at Bustle in New York City. A Detroit native and editorial veteran, she was among the first to join team Bustle and is a key contributor to the site’s success – it’s now the world’s largest independent website for women. Julie oversees all Bustle verticals (books included!). Read on for an editor’s eye installment of #TheQLNightstand.
QL: Short bio/ Current occupation:
JA: I’m the Executive Editor at Bustle. I’m from Detroit originally, but moved to NYC in 2005 and may never leave.
QL: What are you reading now?
JA: I do a sort of long distance book club with a couple friends, and we’re currently reading Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses. For nonfiction, I keep picking up and putting down The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins, and I’ve always got Anais Nin’s Delta of Venus on my nightstand. But don’t worry, I read plenty of low brow stuff too! I own a copy of I’m Not Here To Make Friends, by Bachelor contestant Courtney Robertson, for example.
QL: What’s on your TBR (To Be Read) list:
JA: About 70 books, but I want to read Helter Skelter, the true story of the
Manson murders, next.
QL: Bedtime/nighttime ritual:
JA: I read before bed probably twice a week. Most other nights I’m just mindlessly fiddling around my phone, and then sleeping poorly because of it. I’m trying to do some pre-bed meditation, though
— a friend turned me on to Tara Brach’s podcast…which makes me drowsy rather than getting me to meditate, honestly.
QL: Literary hero:
JA: Sylvia Plath, for putting some of my darkest emotions into words; Jennifer Egan, for writing the kind of book I would want to write if I was an author (A Visit From The Goon
Squad); and David Foster Wallace, for just being a shining example of all the brilliance and wit the human brain is capable of. His writing makes me feel stupid, and I love it.
QL: The best thing about books is . . . .
JA: that they can totally transport you into another world, in a way that music and movies can’t. My life could be in total shambles, but if I have a good book to read, I can feel content.