If you haven't noticed, there aren't a lot of sausage cookie recipes out there. But Amy Sedaris is changing that. With her new book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, she not only explains how to make sausage cookies but also how to knit a sausage. Elsewhere, we learn how to make castanets out of beer caps and ships out of potatoes, cheese and marshmallows. There are instructions for how to make a doughnut feeder for squirrels, how to make ghosts out of tampons (you add wings) and how to make stilts out of tin cans (you stack them).
Like a mother hen, Sedaris looks out for all of her potential craft-followers. There's advice and guidance on how to craft if you're young and angry, religious, stoned or a friend of the animals (for the latter there are, among other things, instructions on how to build a miniature ghetto for a dying mouse).
"Anyone can craft," Sedaris writes. "Stick a fistful of pencils into a potato and you've got a pencil holder. Who can't do that?"
Sedaris comes to the Durham Armory to give a performance, sign copies of her book and spread the joy of crafting. "My philosophy is simple," she writes. "If plain people craft, and attractive people have sex, and you find yourself a crafter, take comfort in the fact that with crafting, the risk of STDs is greatly reduced."
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. event are $10 or free with the purchase of Simple Times. —Meg Stein