Cultivating Thought

Author Series

Must a cup, or bag, suffer an existence that is limited to just one humble purpose, defined merely by its simple function?

The Cultivating Thought Author Series is the brainchild of acclaimed author Jonathan Safran Foer, who also serves as its curator.

OVER THE YEARS we’ve used our cups and bags as a means of sharing our sense of humor, thoughts, and ideas, in both word and design. The  Cultivating Thought series continues this tradition, presenting the words and whimsy of thought-leaders, authors and comedians through unique, you’ll-only-find-them-here essays, each illustrated by a different artist. We’re hoping this will allow people to connect with the musings of these writers with whom they may or may not be familiar and create a moment of analog pause in a digital world, provoking introspection or inspiration, and maybe a little laughter.


Essay Contest Grand Prize Winners

The following 10 students are the grand prizewinners of our “Cultivating Thought” essay contest, judged by Jonathan Safran Foer. The winners were chosen based on the following criteria: originality, creativity, and quality of composition. In addition to having their essays featured on our packaging, the winners also received $20,000 each to support their continuing education.

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