Michael James Brody, Oct. 31, 1948 – Jan. 26, 1973

michael james brody jr

Michael James Brody Jr. made the news in January 1970 as he offered to give money from his $25 million fortune to anyone who needed it. Newspapers called him a "hippie angel," a "giveaway millionaire." But as the attention grew overwhelming and checks started bouncing, he withdrew from the public eye, resurfacing only occasionally amid legal problems, killing himself three years later in Upstate New York.

pyrex book project: do you collect pyrex?

I've been thinking a long time about writing a book about Pyrex — and becoming a full-time freelance writer and editor last year has given me a lot more time to work on passion projects like this one. I've got an agent interested in the project, but I'm still in the early stages of putting together… Continue reading pyrex book project: do you collect pyrex?

san francisco crafty workshops!

My first adventure of 2013 (hopefully the first of many) is going to San Francisco for about a week in February and March. I love the Bay Area will take any excuse to spend time there. I'll be teaching some workshops at Makeshift Society, which I'm so stoked to finally check out. Here are the… Continue reading san francisco crafty workshops!

craft trends for 2013

Two years ago, my friend Paul and I created CRAFTSarethenewCRAFTS.com, an indie craft trend generator inspired by Barack Obama is Your New Bicycle. We decided to give the site a fresh update for 2013, with new craft trends and a new look. (Helvetica is so hot right now.) So if you're trying to figure out… Continue reading craft trends for 2013

things i’ve read lately, vol. 2

be forewarned: a lot of these are #longreads. a lot of the links in this edition are amazing older articles that i recently found or revisited. A Pickpocket's Tale (New Yorker) — this guy's picture is in the dictionary under prestidigitation Why the "Friend Zone" is Bullshit (Foz Meadows) — how "nice guys" are the… Continue reading things i’ve read lately, vol. 2

giveaway: 2013 etsy dayplanner!

Etsy surprised me with an envelope full of goodies recently, and included in it was this gorgeous 2013 calendar/planner. So cute! The chipboard cover looks letterpressed with gold filigree, and the insides are well-designed, too. I already have a 2013 dayplanner started (Paperblanks forever), but I can't let this beauty go to waste! Leave a… Continue reading giveaway: 2013 etsy dayplanner!