If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked Lisa Lucas — the executive director of the National Book Foundation, which announces its 2019 National Book Award winner tonight — about the bookcases, slippers, and subscription bean club she can’t live without.
These German boiled-wool high-top slippers are the most comfortable things. They have tread on the bottom, and because I am a grubby person, I regularly wear them outside of my home, like to the bodega — which is disgraceful, but also one of my great joys. I’m basically in for any ugly-but-comfortable shoe trend, and I’m happy to stay with that ugly-but-comfortable shoe trend well beyond the moment where it’s acceptable, or cute, or ironic. I’m still down with Uggs, but only the thin ones that zip up on the sides. I’m still down with Crocs — and particularly proud of my fur-lined blue Crocs, which I will also wear out into the world shamelessly. The Glerups are mildly attractive if a little slipper-looking, and the thing about boiled wool is that it keeps your feet really warm. I do a lot of reading at home, and curling up in a chair and having warm feet and a blanket and a good book is really important. I’m constantly trying to life-hack the best way to be the most comfortable while sitting and reading a book.
Catbird makes these beautiful little bracelets that I wear every day. I have three, and all mark special occasions in my life — sometimes sad moments, or moments of growth, or when I got a job, or if there was an achievement, or a loss, or something I got through. I love them and wear them every single day, and haven’t taken them off since I put them on my arm. I give them to friends because I think they’re pretty and very subtle. I think when all is said and done, most of the people that I love will end up in possession of one of these little bracelets.
I’m on email and my phone all the time, but I edit by hand and I read on paper if it’s a longer document. I use notebooks every single day and I feel devoted to the Apica one — I like the paper. I think they’re pretty. I take all of my notes in a notebook, so I use these pens. They’re nice, but they’re also cheap. I lose pens a lot, so it doesn’t make sense to have a fancy pen. And it doesn’t make sense to have a fancy notebook, because i just trash them. These are both at pretty good price points.
These are the sneakers that I’m most excited about now — I’m really excited to feel like it’s 1985 again with the Velcro. A fresh pair of white kicks is one of the things that makes me the most happy in the world, and these are the ones that are making me the happiest at this exact moment in time.
Clip-ons, if you want new ones, are a real journey. I can’t wear regular earrings because I stretched my piercing when I was young and you have to have plastic surgery to fix it. So I’m always looking for cool clip-ons that sort of mimic real jewelry. I was in Australia when I found Dinosaur Designs, which does these really cool clip-ons, and then I figured out that there’s also a store here in New York. Only a few people make clip-ons — most of my earrings are vintage, some come from family members, or whatever thrift store. Rachel Comey sometimes makes them. There’s no middle, unfortunately — it’s not like you can go into J.Crew and find a clip-on.