Ellis Reid is the Director of Marketing for McIntosh Laboratory – which means in addition to being a dedicated father, sports fanatic, perpetual learner, and excessive thinker, he’s also way deep in to music. Recently he shared with us a few books he’s been picking up lately. You can reach him here
# 1) Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – The most innovative businessperson of our time. Looking to understand the universe around him. Not really more needed to be said. There is no formula for innovation, but it’s always helpful to understand the backstory of historical figures and how they saw the world as they impacted it, as well as how other close to them perceived them. http://pages.simonandschuster.com/stevejobs
#2) Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork – I’m very intrigued by creative geniuses that explore a medium that is beyond their perceived core competency. It’s a coffee table art book, but allows me to continue to think about the concept of creativity and genius and how the boundaries of both are imaginary or manufactured. I’ve gotten to know Vince Wilburn (Miles’ nephew, estate co-manager, and one of the drummers for his band) over the past year and he gave me the book prior to its release. So, I have kept it within arm’s length since I got it. It’s inspiration to always be ready to re-purpose your skills and talents in an expressive way that others may be skeptical about or not be ready to accept. http://www.insighteditions.com/Miles-Davis-The-Collected-Artwork/dp/1608872238
#3) Tuck Everlasting – This has nothing to do with my profession, but very much about my personal life. My son turns 9 this week and has recently been struggling emotionally with the concept of death. Ironically, he brought this book home last week for a school reading assignment. So, I have decided to read it again as an adult with him since it is such a relevant concept for what my son is working through at the moment.http://my.hrw.com/nsmedia/novelwise_hs/find/bytitle/title_t_11.htm
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