“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” ― Neil Gaiman

To start the new year off with the most positive and enlightened mindset possible, we set out to find inspiring and thought-provoking essays and podcasts. This week we share a few of those with you.

Joan Didion’s “On Self Respect” can be found in Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Invisibilia from NPR

“Once More by the Lake” by E.B. White, originally published in Harper’s Magazine in 1941, has been reprinted in One Man’s Meat

On Being with Krista Tippett speaks to Maria Kalman – “Daily Things To Fall In Love With”

James Baldwin’s autobiographical collection of essays, Notes of a Native Son, can be found here

The Greater Good Podcast from the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

Annie Dillard’s essay “Total Eclipse” first in appeared in the magazine Antaeus and was later added to Teaching a Stone to Talk

Code Switch from NPR

In Alabama: “The Moth” on the Journal. Listen to Natalie’s “200 One-of-a-Kind Shirts” story on The Moth here.


@ Alabama Chanin
Look forward to a collection refresh next week filled with modern silhouettes and bright new colors. In the meantime, find last chance styles here.

@ The School of Making
A new year means new workshops to look forward to from The School of Making. Browse through our workshops and events page and start planning your trip.

@ The Factory Store + Café
The Factory Store reopens Tuesday, January 8th with a fresh look and new layout. Join us for Saturday Brunch from 10am – 2pm. We missed you last weekend.

Tuesday – Friday
10am – 5pm

10am – 2pm

By Appointment

Please note our hot kitchen is closed, and we will no longer offer our daily lunch service. However, our café cooler is fully stocked with picnic-style and to-go lunch options and baked goods for easy self-service. The cooler will remain stocked all week, giving you the option to stop by at any time to eat in the café or take it to go and enjoy at home.

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