(c) 2014 Samantha Storey

VIDEO // This talk by Esther Pearl. Pearl worked at Pixar for several years before quitting to go to … grad school. She talks about her work, her failures and where she’s at today in this great, brief talk for Creative Mornings Oakland.

BOOK // Just finished Celeste Ng‘s Everything I Never Told You about a mixed-race family coping with the death of their teenage daughter in the 1970s. Part mystery, part emotional family drama, I flew through this one faster than Gone Girl and wasn’t frustrated at the end. “You could stop taking their phone calls, tear up their letters, pretend they’d never existed. Start over as a new person with a new life. Just a problem of geography, he thought, with the confidence of someone who had never yet tried to free himself of family.”

EXPERIENCE // Why anticipating an experience elicits more happiness and excitement than waiting for material goods, via The Atlantic.

MUSIC // I heard a track (“Gold on the Leaves”) from Luluc‘s latest release, Passerby, on a television show recently. Splitting time between (side note: don’t you just want to be someone who splits their time in different places around the world?) Melbourne, Australia and Brooklyn, NY – Passerby is a mellow, well-written album that I’ve been totally digging on all week. Check out their Tiny Desk Concert, via NPR.

FILM // The documentary, The Invisible War has been in my Netflix queue for a while and I finally got the chance to watch it this past weekend. It was nominated for an Academy Award this past year, and is an incredible look at the unexpected and arguably shocking, cover-up of sexual assault in the military. Do yourself a favor and watch – not only is it an important story, but it’s brilliantly told.


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