"Stevens captures [Jim Henson's] legacy — 'clearly one of benevolence, art, and giving' — beautifully, suggesting it's a model for creative entrepreneurship in just about any medium or domain of art. Though certainly full of practical insights, Make Art Make Money is above all a reminder — a manifesto, were the word not so tragically worn by now — that you don’t need to survive on lettuce soup in order for your art to be authentic." —Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
"Elizabeth Stevens, through her deep expertise on all things Muppets, offers up a fascinating study of the art, business and magic of Jim Henson—with lessons for anyone who wants a more creative work life." —Mark Armstrong, founder of Longreads
"Lovers of Muppets, lovers of art, and all those who aspire to make a creative living will take pleasure in Stevens's wise and entertaining book." —CJ Hauser, writer
"When someone asks me who would I have dinner with if I could choose any person, dead or alive, my answer is always Jim Henson. Unfortunately, that's never going to happen. This book feels like it is the next best thing. Liz Stevens has done a remarkable job at deconstructing the life and work of Henson in a way that thoroughly explains what made him a successful artist. Just like a meal spent with Henson would be life-changing, this book opens up the reader to ways of acting and thinking, as modeled by Henson, that will surely aid in the growth of one's artistic goals. Stevens impressively points out threads that appear all the way through Henson's entire body of work illustrating the struggle that exists between art and business...and more importantly, how the two can live in harmony." —CT, Nerd Lunch
"There are plenty of books out there about how to make money from your art. This is a book about how to make money SERVE your art." —Jeremy Meyers, DeeperContext.com
"Make Art Make Money is a sublimely strange book worthy of its subject, the life and work of Jim Henson." —Maria Bustillos, author of Dorkismo and Act Like a Gentleman, Think Like a Woman"Thank god someone is finally willing to explode the myths that artists can't make money and that 'selling out' is something you want to avoid. The goal, as Stevens so clearly lays out here, is to find a way to sell out that adds to your work, rather than distracts from it. As a writer, her suggestions really resonated. Any working artist could benefit from this book—I know I have!" —Jilly Gagnon, humorist and YA writer
About the Author
Elizabeth Hyde Stevens created the Muppets, Mickey, and Money research course at Boston University. Her analysis of Jim Henson’s career has appeared online at The Awl, The Millions, Electric Literature, and Rolling Stone. In 2011, her essay “Weekend at Kermie’s” was viewed over 160,000 times. Called “a long, brilliant thinkpiece" on Twitter, it was praised by Internet curators Brain Pickings, Mother Jones, Longreads, Longform, Wired, IMDB, IFC, Reader’s Digest, and Kurt Loder. Stevens attended public school in North Andover, Massachusetts, and went on to study art semiotics at Brown University and creative writing at the Brooklyn College MFA program. She is a member of the Brooklyn writers’ collective The Kilgore Trout Home for Wayward Writers and teaches fiction at Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Her writing has earned the Himan Brown Award and the Somerville Arts Council Fellowship for Literature. Everything she knows about business she learned from watching Sesame Street.