Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People
Grand Central Publishing, 2011
Hardcover/paperback, 336 pages, $27.99/$15.99
Designed by Graphic Design faculty Lenny Naar, this book by the bestselling author of I Like You delivers a new book dedicated to the world of crafting. Demonstrating that crafting is one of life's more pleasurable and constructive leisure activities, Amy Sedaris shows that anyone with a couple of hours to kill and access to pipe cleaners can join the elite society of crafters. "Did you know that inside your featureless well-worn husk is a creative you?" she asks. No doubt drawing on and making light of the current economic atmosphere, she notes that "Being poor is a wonderful motivation to be creative" and that most crafts are made with found or salvaged materials. In hilarious and well-styled photo spreads, Sedaris adopts various uncanny disguises, including a teenager, an elderly shut-in, and Jesus. She devotes equal time to instruction on making homemade sausage, gift-giving, crafting safety, and lovemaking (aka "fornicrafting"). Those looking to make conventional crafts should look elsewhere. Everyone else should sit down, have a laugh, and make your very own bean-and-leaf James Brown mosaic.