Cheryl Strayed: It’s about class. At that moment where I was discussing those books in my twenties, I was beginning to understand what a culture hop I’d made growing up poor and working class and then going to college and suddenly being in this world where people were telling me essentially who I was. I didn’t know what my culture was until I went away from it and moved into another one. And one of the things that struck me most profoundly in college—and maybe some of you in this room know what I’m talking about—is that by going to college and becoming educated, I was becoming someone who was less like the community I came from and less like the family I came from.
I recently finished [this] project for Newsweek/The Daily Beast! Scott Simon of NPR reads some of the tweets he wrote during his mother’s last days, both her words and his. A very sad but sweet family portrait, which I’m so honored to have been asked to work on.
That said, at 5 mins of animation in 1 month, this is truly the most ambitious thing I’ve ever tried to tackle. (I also really recommend thinking hard before you sketch a rotation of a piano into your storyboards.)
If you cannot yet tell, OLIVIA HUYNH IS MY NEW FAVOURITE ANIMATOR 5EVA. Ahhhh, painterly moving pictures are the best.
Mostly things are not that way, that simple and pure, with so much focus given to each syllable of life as life sings itself. But that kind of attention is the prize. To be engrossed by something outside ourselves is a powerful antidote for the rational mind, the mind that so frequently has its head up its own ass—seeing things in such a narrow and darkly narcissistic way that it presents a colo-rectal theology, offering hope to no one.