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Last Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.


Lunch breaks rule

We have a benevolent overlord at The Takeout—that’s you, Kevin!—who not only tolerates but encourages us to take lunch breaks, walks, and Headspace meditation time during the day. Turns out, this makes him not just a good dude but a smart boss: Forbes reports that employees who take lunch breaks are more productive and creative. But, according to the same piece, 22 percent of North American bosses say that employees who take a regular lunch break are less hardworking. Psh, they clearly haven’t met the The Takeout staff. [Kate Bernot]

Editor’s Note: Worded exactly as I ordered. You may keep your job. —Kevin 


Twin Peaks (the band, not the show)

Every September I say, “Forget it, that was my last-ever Riot Fest, I’m too frickin’ old.” And every spring, Riot Fest releases its lineup and it’s so good that I can’t not go. This year, I’m looking forward to not only Beck, Elvis Costello, and Liz Phair, but some of the non-headline types. Like Twin Peaks. They’re a local outfit, made up of a bunch of young Chicagoans who all must have been raised on a steady diet of Big Star and retro ’70s rock radio. The result is a live set I find both buoyant and hypnotic, and I can’t wait to see them on the Riot Fest stage. Maybe if I start compiling my most comfortable outfit and stockpiling hand sanitizer and earplugs now, I’ll feel more prepared by the time the fest arrives this fall. [Gwen Ihnat]

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Pixar’s Ed Catmull on creativity

I’m currently reading Ed Catmull’s inspiring book Creativity, Inc., about how he cultivated a culture of creativity and entrepreneurship at Pixar. The book is worth your purchase, but this one-hour talk at Stanford is good starter course. [Kevin Pang]

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