Olivia Serrill


I am a firm believer in favorites.



1. Lists and Collections
2. Imperfections
3. Buying lots of books
4. Making ambitious travel plans
5. Sears and Roebuck catalogues
6. Music videos from around the world
7. Fancy cocktails
8. Le Labo's collab with photographer Christian Watson
9. Anything French
10. Anytime you hear this song play in a movie
11. End-of-the-year Pop music mash-ups
12. The giant contract in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
13. Nigerian Afrobeat/Afropop
14. Lillet
15. Themes
16. Extremes
17. This TED talk
18. Analogies
19. McSweeney's
20. Movie marathons
21. Ridiculously long flights
22. Harvard University
23. Parks and Recreation



1. Suite Bergmanesque 3: "Clair de Lune" – Alexis Weissenberg
2. Take my Hand – Dido
3. Song to the Siren – This Mortal Coil
4. Madder Red – Yeasayer
5. Ceremony [Alternate 12'' Version] – New Order
6. Avril 14th – Aphex Twin
7. Your Arms Around Me – Jens Lekman
8. He's Got the Whole World – Nina Simone
9. It's Personal – The Radio Dept. 
10. Apply – Glasser
11. This Guy's in Love With You – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
12. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
13. Postcards From Italy – Beirut
14. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free – Nina Simone
15. Open – Rhye
16. La Ritournelle – Sébastien Tellier
17. Sleeping Children Are Still Flying – Blue Sky Black Death
18. O Africaye – Teddy Afro
19. Fifty-fifty Clown – Cocteau Twins
20. Atomic Bomb – William Onyeabor
21. Ibile – Lil Kesh
22. Right Down the Line – Gerry Rafferty




1. "I want to make things that are beautiful, even if no one cares." —Saul Bass
2. "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." —Maya Angelou
3. "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events and small minds discuss people." —Eleanor Roosevelt
4. “I don't know if you've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.” —Lemony Snicket
5. "I believed that I wanted to be a poet, but deep down I just wanted to be a poem." —Jaime Gil de Bieda
6. "And that is why when we stand before the throne in heaven and there is a crown placed upon our head, as soon as we receive that crown, we will take it and we will cast it back at His feet because we will understand in that day all the more that He chose me, He predestined me, He redeemed me, He drew me to Himself, He regenerated me, He sealed me, He predetermined that I would come all the way to glory. It is all of Him and none of me." —Steve Lawson
7. "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." —Maya Angelou
8. “Remember that at any given moment there are a thousand things you can love.” —David Levithan
9. "Life is nothing if you're not obsessed." —John Waters
10. "I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best." —Oscar Wilde
11. "We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living." —Richard Buckminster Fuller
12. "Happiness, not in another place but in this place… not for another hour, but this hour." —Walt Whitman
13. “Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.” —Claude Monet
14. “I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” —Roald Dahl
15. "I am only interested in the ideas that become obsessive and make me feel uneasy. The ideas that I’m afraid
of." —Marina Abramović
16. "I don’t think you’re happier if you’re thin or beautiful or rich or married. You have to make your own happiness. My heroines do not become beautiful elegant swans, they become confident ducks and get on with life." —Maeve Binchy
17. "I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was." —Ransom Riggs
18. "What am I in the eyes of most people—a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person—somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then—even if that were absolutely true, then I should like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart." —Vincent Van Gogh


creative people
i admire:

(not in order)

1. Daniel Eatock
2. Lori Damiano
3. Cy Twombly
4. Liam Stevens
5. Liza Lou
6. Mary Blair
7. The Mercadantes (formerly Everynone)
8. Vincent Van Gogh
9. Kate Westerholt
10. Mark Rothko
11. Irena Werning
12. Henri Matisse
13. Pablo Picasso
14. Meredith Pardue
15. Karen Darling
16. Herbert List
17. Francisca Sutil
18. Tauba Auerbach
19. Egon Schiele
20. Janelle Pietrzak
21. Kaye Blegvad
22. Saul Steinberg
23. Helen Frankenthaler
24. Lily Stockman
25. Eben Goff
26. Cari Vander Yacht
27. David Shrigley
28. Marina Abramović
29. Jenny Holzer
30. Lee Walton
31. Kanye West
32. Iris Apfel
33. Wes Anderson
34. Sophia Coppola
35. Wasted Rita
36. Paula Scher
37. Miranda July
38. Steve Powers
39. Lydia Davis
40. Lena Dunham
41. Fred Armisen



1. Marie Antoinette
2. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
3. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
4. The Sound of Music
5. Alice in Wonderland
6. Blue Jasmine
7. A Little Princess
8. The Darjeeling Limited
9. Everything is Illuminated
10. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
11. The Goodbye Girl
12. Trainspotting


Note: These lists are incomplete and are always in progress.