Shooting the shit with podcasters Emily and Caleb

Even though Emily Neville, 27, and Caleb Baumgartner, 36, live about 100 miles apart in the lovely, wintry state of Minnesota, they still manage to record two episodes of their podcast, Shit Showtime, every month. Their podcast is hilarious and it almost has nothing to do with the movies they pick to review/talk about —…

Q&A with Kuang, a young illustrator who travels the world

On Saturday, I awoke to a message from a friend of mine who said I needed to interview this wonderful, Taiwanese artist he knew right away. (He’s on the other side of the planet, so it was about 6 a.m. my time.) I was intrigued, so I got out of bed while everyone else was…

A conversation with jewelry maker Rachael Cross

St. Louis native Rachael Cross is the wonder woman behind Simply Chic Jewelry, a business she started in the mid-2010s. She is 100 percent a #girlboss if I’ve ever seen one. I’ve been following her journey of hand-forging her own jewelry for almost as long as she’s been doing it. She and I talked Saturday…

Artist Ethan Shantie on creativity, labels, and not sweating the small stuff

Even though Ethan Shantie has published a book of poetry, the 30-year-old doesn’t feel comfortable calling himself a poet. Instead, he refers to himself as an artist. And it makes sense: other than writing poetry, he can be found immersing himself in a myriad of other creative endeavors. He plays drums (and sometimes other instruments)…

Chatting with backpacker Andy Snipes

How do I explain Andy Snipes? He’s sarcastic, creative, and unpredictable. He is the most Aquarius-y Aquarius if there ever was such a mythical creature. He describes himself as “the love child of Napoleon Dynamite and Anna Nicole Smith,” which is honestly pretty spot on. The last time he and I saw each other, we…