A Q&A with City Council Member Elizabeth Brown

What book is on your nightstand?

“Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi, but I haven't read even Page 1 yet. I'm learning that nothing gets in the way of “downtime” like motherhood.

What did you listen to on your last long drive?

I'm a Slate podcasts devotee. On my most recent long drive, I listened to “Represent” and “Slate Money.”

What is your favorite album?

I promise I've consumed culture since I was in high school, but my favorites remain Jay Z's The Blueprint and Tori Amos' Boys for Pele.

Favorite Columbus location for a family weekend outing?

We're never lacking for options because most weekends, my job also means soaking up the best of Columbus.This weekend, wejumped in bounce houses at the African American Cultural Festival, watched a bike race in Franklinton, discovered a community garden in Northland and walked Franklin Park Conservatory. But when our time is totally ours, our choice ismy sister and brother-in-law's backyard, letting our daughter run wild with her cousins.

Co-sleep, or “cry it out”?

Neither. We did the Ferber method. Fewer tears for everyone—including me.

What is your most treasured possession?

The marked-up copies of books I read in college. I regret falling out of the habit of writing as I read.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Expensive skin care ... I really struggled with my skin until I found a few all-natural brands.

What quality do you most admire in others?

Curiosity.

What talent do you wish you had?

Singing! My daughter loves when I sing her lullabies at night, and I'm just waiting for her to realize exactly the pain I'm putting her through.

If you could travel anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be?

Barcelona with my husband. He lived there in college and is the perfecttour guide because he knows the city and knows what I love. The public markets, the architecture, Park Guell, Las Ramblas,the food, the food, the food.