How often do you get to have your thoughts and dreams beautifully illustrated? For those of us that have no artistic skill of our own, almost never. That's why my favorite art projects are the ones where the backers get to collaborate with the artist, and why Laura Greengold's For You and Yours project is so incredible. You send her your words, and she will send them back to you in the form of artwork inspired by your experiences and ideas. Her work already has a surreal, dreamy quality to it — just imagine the possibilities of having the contents of your own brain turned into a magical piece of art. — Nicole H.
Electric Literature has been working hard to stay ahead of the publishing curve (admittedly not the hardest curve to stay ahead of) since they launched the first literary magazine available on i-things and e-readers back in 2009, and now they are making a foray into the 2012 world of single-serving, tastemakery curatorial stuff. Or in regular human words, they are sending subscribers one story a week (for free!). Some stories are brand new, others are old backlisted gems, and some are from similarly reputable indie publishing partners (New Directions! Tin House! Graywolf!). One story, sent right to you, every week sounds just about ideal. I can't wait to see how this whole thing turns out! — Meaghan O.
This animated short film stars Cate Blanchett! Even if you don't swoon at Cate Blanchett's every step, it's hard not to delight in this cute animated tale about a girl born with a tail that expresses her emotions. Described as a dark and funny fable by its creator, A Cautionary Tale combines 3D animated characters and handmade miniature sets and an original score by Michael Yezerski, composer for the Academy Award-winning short, The Lost Thing. — Daniella J.
Bridging the gap between science, architecture and design, MAP is a miniature publication that breeds discussion. Distributed globally, the latest edition of MAP features a team of designers, architectures and editors examining the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, while also researching and discussing the Fukushima disaster that happened last year in Japan. MAP 005 also finds noted architect Peter Cook weighing in on the matter, and even writing the intro to the latest edition. Sure to be interesting insight into an issue we still have a lot to learn about. — Mike M.
There's a lot I like about feature film Future Weather. Namely, that it's the story of a Midwestern teen who takes refuge from an unstable home life in her love of science and nature. Shout-out to "nerdy" girls everywhere! But there's also the fact that writer/producer/director Jenny Deller is, well, doing everything to make this film happen. It's been six years in the making, but now she's getting the opportunity to premiere it at this year's Tribeca FIlm Festival. I love seeing lady filmmakers on Kickstarter, making interesting stories about complex female characters, and then succeeding wildly. It's inspirational! — Cassie M.
I love sauerkraut. In fact, I love pretty much anything that is brined, pickled, fermented, or funky tasting (cheeeessee!), but I love love love sauerkraut. The Brine and Dine Live Culture Collective are making particularly special batches of this bubbly, brilliant treat, though, so color my particularly intrigued. They use old-school methods of fermenting in earthenware crocks using wild cultures. The result? A yummy treat that is "crisp, flavorful, and alive." I'd definitely eat this straight/constantly out of the jar. Wait, did I just admit that outloud? — Cassie M.