The Recommendation Engine: Spawn Ideas' Ariel Krawczyk

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Ariel Krawczyk is a young creative who lives in Alaska. In her spare time she can be found listening to the emotional lyrics of Leonard Cohen or admiring photos of Alaskan cabins on Instagram.

The Recommendation Engine is Campaign US' weekly feature in which we learn about what media young people in the ad industry are currently consuming. This week, we get to know Ariel Krawczyk, a digital account manager at Alaska-based agency Spawn Ideas.

What I’m Watching

"Luther." Idris Elba has been a favorite of mine since his days on "The Wire." In this British detective show, his character is the personification of everything I want to be: a pensive, brooding, brilliant champion of the underdog who only follows the rules when they make sense. And he looks good doing it.


What I’m listening to

Leonard Cohen. I was shocked and saddened by his death. His new album, "You Want It Darker," brings his lifetime of experience into his poetry. I’ve always loved him for his ability to get right to the heart of emotions, without overly flowery language, in a way that us non-poets always have trouble putting into words. That’s why we turn to our poets and artists in times of grief and distress; they give us a vocabulary for our grief.


What I’m reading

I’m a sucker for trashy sci-fi and read every book Larry Correia comes out with. I’m thankful that Brandon Sanderson is so prolific, I rarely have to wait long for anything new from him. This fall I worked on reading everything on Obama’s Summer Reading List, I still have "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life" by William Finnegan to go, really looking forward to that one when I head to Baja for the holidays! 


Who I’m following

@thesamephotoofjeffgoldblum on Facebook. It’s refreshing after a social media feed filled with bad news, contradictory news, or shocking news to have just one thing a day you can count on. Also, @cabinfolk and @cabinlife_alaska on Instagram. I live in a 220-square-foot cabin, and I like to see how other people are making it work in the tiny cabin world, and the views are generally fantastic!


What I’m ignoring

Anything to do with skiing. It’s really depressing to see the total lack of snow at Alyeska, right down the road from me. I used to get really excited about checking out new gear this time of year, but without any snow on the ground in Alaska, and Vail pushing out their opening date for the first time in history, climate change doesn’t look good for us winter sports enthusiasts.