What Is Studio Fig Reading?
by James Mazza
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. —William Styron
Making necessitates constant inspiration. For us, one of the many benefits of living and working in NYC is the varied peoples and storied places all within arm’s reach. However, even being in such a melting pot, it still has its limits and can become mundane in the day-to-day. Reading provides the ability to travel the globe and gain the insights of a native without leaving your desk.
Being innovative is about having a new perspective, something that the others aren’t seeing. The more aware we are about the world around us, the better tooled we will be for creating new ideas and new things. Reading is an ideal way to experience. After all:
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and the wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.” —Charles William Eliot
The following are current reads and top picks from the gang here at Baron Fig.
Currently the team is being inspired by:
Joey: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield
Adam: War of Art, by Steven Pressfield
Jay: The Martian, by Andy Weir
James: Commander In Chief: A Jack Ryan Novel, by Mark Greaney
Our favorite books are:
Joey: Dune, by Frank Herbert
Adam: 1984, by George Orwell
Jay: Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
James: World War Z, by Max Brooks
We’re always looking to be inspired—let us know what you recommend. We hope our suggestions inspire you. Here’s to another thousand journeys.
—The Baron Fig Team