Issue 08


The Magnificent Mistakes Issue, published in Spring 2018, celebrates making mistakes, because that’s the only way to learn new things. In this issue, you can: Read an original short story about a girl who lost her cat by 4x Pulitzer Prize nominee Joyce Carol Oates; get advice from Senator Elizabeth Warren on why you should never let the fear of making a mistake silence you; lead the world’s best skateboarder Lizzie Armanto through a skate-park-themed maze; bake ridiculously adorable and tiny cookies with legendary baker and 5x James Beard Award winner Dorie Greenspan (who once burned down her parents’ kitchen!); design and build DIY toys—a pom-pom catapult, a balloon-powered car and a marble rollercoaster—with top engineers, including NASA’s Laurie Grindle, Toyota’s Jackie Birdsall and roller coaster engineer Anya Tyler of Skyline Attractions; learn about geodes and then grow your own rock-candy versions with Harvard geologist Raquel Alonso-Perez, Ph.D.; read about chef Julia Child, who once flubbed her flip on live TV, in a comic by NYT bestseller Lucy Knisley; make your own Wabi-Sabi-inspired rock towers and discover the beauty of imperfections with award-winning author (and Zen priest) Ruth Ozeki; memorize a funny joke by comedian Aparna Nancherla, star of Comedy Central’s new show, Corporate; doodle a labyrinth to help you find calm with Donna Zucker, R.N., Ph.D., who, as Professor of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studies labyrinths; learn about the scientific method and how mistakes move science forward (by doing your own experiment) with Amy Vollmer, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology at Swarthmore College; and do a color-by-dot and discover the magic of making mistakes in art with artist Saya Woolfalk, whose work has been shown at MOMA’s PS1 and The Brooklyn Museum, and elsewhere. •Plus, we’ve got a TON of fun activities, including a secret code, puzzles, a search-and-find, a tear-out poster and lots more. This issue is 64 pages (meaning, it’s days-worth of fun, not just a few minutes). And, as always, it’s 100% ad-free! (Full color. 8.5 x 11. 64 pgs. Printed in VT.)


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