“Words are events. They do things, change things.” — Ursula K. Le Guin
Upon entering Oliver Jeffers’ studio, it’s hard to know where to look. There are books and paintings and globes galore. The walls are emblazoned with lists and quotes. There’s even a potted plant with “Jesus” written upon it in Jeffers’ signature scrawl. “Because it keeps coming back,” he deadpans. It’s everything you might expect from a man whose work spans the gamut from paintings to performances to bestselling books. Meet the incomparable Oliver Jeffers…read more
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Uli Beutter Cohen
We have been longtime followers of @mister_krisp, because we love unicorns and Rice Krispies as much as the next person. What you might not know is that Jessica Siskin, the woman behind the krisp, is a writer and serious book lover. We talked about feminist must-reads, life as a reaction to pop culture, feel-good politics, and of course, Rihanna.read more
Ten Spring Reads
This season boasts so many exciting new releases it’s making our heads spin. Here are ten reads we’ve loved or can’t wait to get to…read more
We don’t know about you, but everyone we’ve encountered lately seems to be on vacation. So today, we’re offering the next best thing — a virtual vacation! You’ll get your very own copy of the Atlas Obscura book, filled with the world’s hidden wonders, and 500 Hidden Secrets of Havana (because Cuba). You’ll also receive two hotly-anticipated titles: Into the Water (from the bestselling author of The Girl on the Train) and Sympathy, perfect for real or imagined beach reading. Last but not least, the lucky winner gets to choose one pair of sunglasses from Pared Eyewear (approx. $200 value). To enter, leave a comment below telling us where you’d love to travel next. The winner will be chosen on Friday, April 7th at noon EST. Good luck!
Where do you live? Los Angeles, California
What do you do? I’m a filmmaker, cinematographer, photographer, writer, casual skateboarder and full-time lesbian baby-daddy
Name one book that has been meaningful to you: The entire “Las Locas” collection in Love and Rockets by Jaime Hernandez. It was the first time I saw queer, punk Latinx represented in media and literature. I was about 17 when I found the first book, and upon reading it, I immediately felt like I had finally found a place where I belonged. Even in a fictional world, it was better than nothing.
Reading Ritual: I have always been and will forever be a “before bed” reader. Unfortunately, this means that when I’m completely engrossed in a book, I won’t actually get to sleep until one or two in the morning.
Guilty Pleasure: Lana Del Rey. I’m a sucker for melodrama! I blame it on my Latino roots.
Person You Admire: I am very lucky to be friends and collaborators with Devon Kirkpatrick, Marvin Lemus, Suzi Yoonessi, Beth de Aráujo, and Thalia Marvos. They are all writer-directors who are passionate about putting POC, LGBT folks and women at the center of the films that they are telling and putting out into the world. Look out for big things from these folks.
Must-Follow: @mcdazzler, for those that need a dose of hilarity in their day and aren’t afraid of the weird side of things.
Something you’re proud of: I’m very proud of my short film Vámonos for being a Latinx LGBTQ film that was well-received by audiences outside of the Queer community. But I’m even more proud that it was loved and appreciated by the very audience it was aiming to represent.
Currently reading: Clarice Lispector’s Complete Stories
Words to live by: Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. —Flaubert