Fray Issue 1: Busted!

Busted! marks the first print edition of Fray.com’s long-running series of first-person true stories. Launched in the internet wilderness of 1996, it served the novel role of personal storytelling forum, eventually expanding to a series of live events and albums. With the new millennium came the inevitable over-saturation of blogs and online journals, pushing Fray into an indefinite hiatus, only to return last month as …

Cleto Munari: Five Pens for Five Nobel Prize Winning Writers

A person's handwriting says a lot about his or her personality; a strong right slant suggests a fierce emotional side while small size might refer to a penchant for details. This idea wasn't lost on Italian designer Cleto Munari, who asked famous architects and designers to come up with with a set of five beautiful pens, each inspired by a Nobel Prize-winning writer. The finished …

Magic House Pencils

Magic House pencils look like standard wooden pencils in Crayola colors but they hide a mechanical interior. Both user- and environmentally-friendly, the pencils eliminate sharpening and feature a lead chamber designed to recognize the need for more lead when the tip of the pencil touches the writing surface, also eliminating the need to advance the lead. What's more, the pencils are refillable simply by pulling …