Quarterly Co. interviews Mark

Quarterly Co. is a "subscription service for wonderful things. [They] send people physical items in the mail from influential contributors of their choice." Today, they interviewed me about my Quarterly picks and some good and bad things I get in the mail.

1. How did you come up with the idea for your latest Quarterly mailing?

As a kid, I loved the Johnson Smith Catalog. It was a thick, digest sized catalog loaded with different kinds of novelties: miniature cameras, magic tricks, specialty wristwatches, glow-in-the-dark paints, rubber masks, and other odd curios. I wanted to recapture that magic feeling that I got when I perused the catalog.

5 Questions for Mark Frauenfelder


  1. Johnson Smith — along with Abracadabra Magic Shop — were my go to places to spend my allowance when I was a young ‘un. Or really, anything from the back of Boy’s Life!

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