This week’s Booklist Reader is our new office manager, Michael Ruzicka. Michael hails from suburban LA, owned an independent bookstore in Alabama, and has worked in library services for Vanderbilt University, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
What do you do when you’re not at Booklist?
I like to check out occasional art gallery openings and contemporary art exhibitions. I like writing in relatively non-crowded coffee shops. And I’m always practicing my Instagram skills.
What are you an expert on?
The reference interview.
What’s the first book that made an impression on you?
I was given a copy of Steppenwolf in high school, and I found myself extensively underlining passages in the book. I found myself drawn to the tortured autobiographical novel at an early age.
What’s the last book you read?
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. I have a feeling Ronson’s book may be required reading for the increasingly social-networked.
Have you ever literally thrown a book across the room in frustration? If so, which one?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Apologies to any super fans out there but I thought the book was just hitting the obvious button a little too hard.
Which forgotten author do you want people to remember?
Frank O’Hara. His poetry is wonderfully conversational. Reading it is like taking a tour through an art gallery with a well-read friend.