Nightstand | Josh Ritter
We caught up with WMNF-FM 88.5 listener favorite Josh Ritter, who will perform at the Straz Center on Nov. 14. Ritter, 35, grew up in Moscow, Idaho, and the story goes he began writing music after hearing Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan's Girl From the North Country on his parents' copy of Nashville Skyline. "Where we lived, we didn't have a lot of radio or diversity in music,'' he said. "So, I think when I did get into listening to albums like Nashville Skyline, it made that explosion, that realization of wanting to be involved with music, for me all the more powerful.'' Ritter attended Oberlin College in Ohio to study neuroscience, the profession of both his parents, however he later changed his major to the self-created "American History Through Narrative Folk Music." We spoke to the singer-songwriter by phone from his home in Brooklyn.
What's on your nightstand?
The Big Book of Adventure Stories edited by Otto Penzler. It's got some daring stories by writers like Jack London, Alistair MacLean and O. Henry, and it's been fun.
Do you have a favorite genre when it comes to reading?
No, I really don't because I think we get slammed with so much stuff all the time, and everything is such a hype. We're living in an age with a new masterpiece every day, so I think it's more important to protect your reading time. I like the way I go into a bookstore and something surprising pulls me to it.
Do you have a favorite bookstore?
I love the Word, a bookstore in Brooklyn. I spend a lot of time there.
Times staff writer Piper Castillo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.