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An Interview with

I wish I could live inside the bubbly bright world of's instagram. Her dreamy, excessively girlish doodles are a unique kitsch, a rare delight in the sometimes dreary and black and white landscape of instagram. It's nearly impossible to not smile when you gaze into the twinkling bejeweled eyes of one of her creations, which is an incredible artistic achievement in itself. She kindly took time out of her day to answer a few of my questions.

What work are you most proud of?

I am most proud of being told that people were "healed" or "felt happy" because of my work.

Who are your artistic inspirations?

Katsuya Terada, Mucha, videos of domestic and foreign musicians.

What has been the hardest piece to finish?

It was a portrait. It was a very fun task though!

Did you go to art school or are you self taught?

I went to a vocational school of manga. When I was a high school student, I attended a preparatory school of art.

Do you remember the first thing you ever dr…

An Interview with GIRLI

With her fiery pink locks, fierce gazes, and brash lyrics it's easy to assume Milly Toomey (better known by her stage name, GIRLI) is apathetic, unintimidated, and fearless. But what makes GIRLI's music and persona so fascinating is that she reappropriates traditionally feminine behavior/aesthetics (perceived as weak by society), using them instead as a strength by being blunt, upfront, and unabashedly, well, girly.

Don't let the upbeat melodies fool you. GIRLI's music is a work of raw emotion that you can dance to. The fun tune of party girl ballad "Mr. 10pm Bedtime" masks the desperation to maintain youth that underlies this track. The deceivingly happy synths in "Play it Cool" (in which the accompanying music video appropriately features a disinterested boy pretending to read Catcher in the Rye while an exuberant GIRLI trashes his room in an attempt to get his attention to no avail) make the song easy to blast in the car with friends or to cry alo…

An Interview with David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker

There is perhaps no more apt use of the phrase "needs no introduction" than to describe David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker. I won't even attempt to describe his immense talent, instead I will just express my gratitude for the opportunity to interview him. Read on to find out his reading recommendations and how he brought the magazine into the digital age.

What's the best piece of storytelling you've ever encountered?

Impossible, there are so many man! But I can highly recommend, for starters, some rarities like "Great Plains" by Ian Frazier or "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" by Joan Didion.

What's the worst argument you've gotten into with a staff member?

I think I will keep that one a secret.

Which issue of The New Yorker is your favorite?

The one we just put to bed. And then I would say the same the next week. But you have to say that the "Hiroshima" issue, in which John Hersey's 1946 piece was the only piece in th…

An Interview with Priscila (@filmdaughter)

Priscila Hernandez (known as @fiilmdaughter on Instagram) is the ultimate cool older sister figure. Her sense of style is the epitome of casual chic with a 70s slant. Her general attitude is sophisticated without being detached. Her sun drenched Instagram feed is a testament not only to her photography skills but also her impeccable taste and creative eye. Her high school short films show immense promise for her as a creator. And not one to shy away from difficult topics, her well thought out commentary and advice via tweets and Instagram posts are rarities in a sea of uninformed, negative social media rants. She's so kind, humble despite quite a substantial following, and an absolute pleasure to talk to.

What work are you most proud of?

It has been awhile since I've filmed anything mostly because of my current schedule with work and school, but I am incredibly proud of my film work. I have so much fun editing and creating different color schemes!

Who do you think is the most cre…

Japan travels pt 2: Mount Zine haul!

Mount Zine is quietly tucked away in the residential area of Tokyo, so conspicuous that I actually passed by it at first! But if you're lucky enough to spot it you'll find a carefully curated selection of zines on a multitude of subjects -- from fashion to food to animals.
It's reputation in the zine community precedes it. Even the walls are coated in zines, and they have an extensive zine library in addition to the zines that are for sale! And not only are they the dreamiest zine store I've ever come across, they are also a creative hub. The community that they have creates is totally amazing and I am so fortunate to have met several ridiculously talented creators through them.  
I spend a good hour just looking through everything, laboring over what I should purchase. I spent every penny of the 6000 yen that was in my wallet and still wanted more. Every zine there was beautifully put together, but these are the ones that came home with me. 

I saw Unruly Girls and immedi…