If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours and The Snow Queen, about the decoupage tray, word game, and marshmallow candy he can’t live without.
Bananagrams is essentially a freeform version of Scrabble, in a little (yes, banana-shaped) pouch you can carry with you at all times. My friend Billy and I are obsessed. It’s not uncommon, at 3 a.m., for one of us to croak to the other, “Okay, just one more game?” To which the answer is almost always yes.
Every Easter, my sister and I exchange modified Peeps. There have been Xmas Peeps (with antlers and red noses) and Malibu Barbie Peeps (you can imagine), but the prizewinner to date is a Peep that my sister simply microwaved and sent to me in an envelope — a yellow disc with two dots for eyes.
I have seven or eight of John Derian’s decoupaged trays, plates, paperweights, etc. I’m particularly attached to a small tray, suitable for keys, that simply says ART. Whenever I get a new one, though, I make myself give an existing one to a friend, because it’s distinctly possible to have too much decoupage, no matter how good the decoupage in question is.
Among the books Printed Matter sells are odd, brilliant little handmade tomes, books someone probably made at home, possibly in editions of six or less; books that simply belong to no known category. I always leave there reminded of the almost infinite ways there are of producing minor miracles using only ink and paper.
On my friend James’s birthday every year I write a little book, only for him. It’s been a tradition for a long time. I’d been stitching and stapling them together as best I could until I learned about the bookmaking machine at McNally Jackson, which produces beautiful books that look exactly as I want them to (albeit in annual editions of one).
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