We Asked Local Notables What’s on Their Nightstands

Out of a sense of journalistic curiosity (don’t call it nosiness), we asked three interesting Milwaukeeans what they’re keeping on their nightstand right now. 

1. Toya Washington

WISN 12 NEWS ANCHOR

“An essential oil diffuser, which my husband calls ‘non-essential oils.’ Ear plugs. Lip balm. A satin-lined sleeping cap – gotta keep that hair healthy! Three books: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, A Bigger Table by John Pavlovitz and The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson. And a ‘do right’ flashlight, which is one that is bright but also heavy enough to knock someone out – just in case.”

 

 

2. Chris Porterfield

SINGER/SONGWRITER, WITH THE BAND FIELD REPORT

A God That Could Be Real by Nancy Ellen Abrams. Abrams is a cosmologist who argues that the only disconnect between religion and science is fundamentalism, and if we don’t adjust our spirituality  to be congruent with science, it is going to end us. Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo, a compilation of interviews that never fails to reveal.”

3. Tiffany Miller

CO-FOUNDER OF THE BRONZEVILLE COLLECTIVE

“Some faux ferns, the book How Far You Have Come: Musings on Beauty and Courage [an illustrated collection of poetry and essays on overcoming adversity by multimedia artist and writer Morgan Harper Nichols], a few crystals, a journal and a ton of pens. Things that inspire me to bloom.”


 

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s November issue.

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Archer is the managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Some say he is a great warrior and prophet, a man of boundless sight in a world gone blind, a denizen of truth and goodness, a beacon of hope shining bright in this dark world. Others say he smells like cheese.