Inside the Author’s Studio: Randy Sarafan

Welcome to Inside the Author’s Studio, where we give you a peek into the minds of your favorite Workman authors.


Today we step inside the mind and studio of Randy Sarafan, author of 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer, and Community Manager at, where he’s hosting a computer hacking contest called Keyboard vs. Mouse. Don’t forget to enter!

Recent book you loved/learned from

Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman.

Favorite bookstore

City Lights Books.

Hidden talent


Bookmark, dog-ear, or virtuality?


Book you are most ashamed never to have read

Creativity: Theory, History, Practice by Rob Pope. I keep reading the first half of the book, getting sidetracked and then starting over.

Most frequent form of writerly procrastination

I am constantly starting new things at the expense of everything else that I am working on.

Favorite childhood book

Anything with Curious George.

Alternate ambition


Your perfect meal

Authentic NY-style cheese pizza.

Big dream

I’d like to take over a ghost town in the New Mexico / Colorado high-desert and turn it into a community for new media artists, hackers, and pizza chefs.

Super power of choice


So, Keyboard or mouse?

In light of being a judge for the upcoming Keyboard vs. Mouse Speed Challenge, I can’t yet pick sides.

Mac or PC?

Mac all the way.

What Workman book would you like to receive as compensation for your involvement?

Cooking Jewish seems like it could come in handy in my household. (I currently make chicken parmigiana for every Jewish holiday.)

Randy Sarafan is the author of 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer.

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