In my NYT “By the Book” Q+A, I describe the books I’ve read, how I organize them, and the dinner party I wish I could have attended

What books are on your night stand?

I have a colorful pile of books that is slowly accreting by my bed, and occasionally sets off a landslide. At the moment the stratum includes: George Saunders’s “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain,” Geoff Dyer’s “The Last Days of Roger Federer,” Toni Tipton-Martin’s “Jubilee” cookbook, Patti Smith’s “M Train,” Mark Strand’s “Hopper,” Mark Rozzo’s “Everybody Thought We Were Crazy,” Ian Fleming’s “Thrilling Cities” (a 1963 travelogue picked up for 10 cents), Sally Mann’s “Hold Still” and a substrate of magazines and catalogs. I dip in and out of these books before sleep, or when I’m procrastinating, and will eventually finish them all. Or not …

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