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Q&A with Amy Sedaris, author of 'Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People'

October 29, 2010 |  7:02 am

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Amy-Sedaris-Simple-Times As much as crafters hate to admit it, not all craft projects are created equal. Some are absolutely hideous. Who better to bring this to light than actress and author Amy Sedaris in her new book, "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People," a subversive, hilarious take on the made-by-hand movement. The 304-page book, which Sedaris co-wrote with Paul Dinello, features wide-ranging chapters such as "The Joy of Poverty," "Handicraftable," "Teenagers Have a Lot of Pain," "Crafting for Jesus" and "Sausages."

Dubious projects include a four-eyed, hung-over clock and "stars" constructed with marshmallows and glitter-covered toothpicks. In the chapter "Safety Meeting," readers are warned about all sorts of crafty mishaps, such as severing one's finger with a pair of pinking shears and getting a foot full of thumbtacks. The accidents are graphically illustrated.

Sedaris spoke with me before embarking on her book tour, at which she may be selling her own crafts. Read the full Q&A.

-- Jeannine Stein

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Photo credit: Grand Central Publishing

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