Name: Sarah Kessler
Role at Fast Company: Associate Editor
Titillating fact: Sarah grew up in Wisconsin, and every year she would participate in a Dutch holiday called Schut, wherein she and others took turns shooting at a rubber bird on a flagpole. The person who knocks the bird off the flagpole is named the King of Schut! She even dressed up in wooden shoes and a traditional Dutch hat.
Things she's loving:
1. The "Can Men Wear Shorts?" debate
Every state, with the exception of Alaska (which obviously doesn't
count), hit temperatures above 90 degrees this week, sparking a
national debate: Can men wear shorts? Our intern, Miles Kohrman, took
a pretty firm stance against shorts for all genders early on this week
in his article, 10 Things Not To Wear To Work In The Summer. But a handful of
office shorts supporters later revealed themselves (and their calves).
Special props to Co.Labs reporter Gabe Stein, who claims to have worn
shorts, flip-flops, and a tank to work in protest of Miles's article
this week, though I only saw him on the Internet that day and can't
The Pacific Standard was the only publication I saw bring an academic
into this debate, which is exactly what it needed.
3. The Pixar Theory John Lasseter, Disney's chief creative officer, recently told me
while I was reporting an upcoming story that mixing characters from
different Pixar movies has always been taboo. And after reading Jon
Negroni's "Pixar Theory," I finally understand why: Putting Pixar
characters together would make it far too obvious that all the
studio's movies are actually part of the same story--beginning with
the witch in Brave experimenting with giving animals the ability to
speak. I can't believe we didn't see this before.
[Image: Flickr user JD Hancock]