B. J. Novak

Actor, Writor, Comedian and Director

Benjamin Joseph Manaly Novak (born July 31, 1979) is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director. Novak was one of the writers and executive producers of The Office (2005–2013), in which he also played Ryan Howard. He also appeared as PFC Smithson "The Little Man" Utivich in the film Inglourious Basterds (2009), Robert B. Sherman in Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and Harry J. Sonneborn in The Founder (2016).

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Daily Rituals

by Mason Currey

To anyone who is creative or ambitious, you take so much solace in seeing all the different processes people just do. What did Charles Dickens do every day? What'd he do every day? What did Darwin do every day? What did Steve Jobs do every day? It's just so reassuring to see, "Eh, everyone's got their own system."

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The Oxford Book of Aphorisms

by John Gross

There's a book called "The Oxford Book of Aphorisms" which I love. It's just the most well-edited, brilliant one-liners from history and you can spend hours on a page or you can just flip through it. I give that one a lot.

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