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I write a weekly newsletter for curious people.

Every Wednesday morning, I publish short and strange histories behind everyday things, plus a fun link to something I’m reading, watching, or listening to. 

Original illustrations by Anna Doherty.

Praise for Scavenger:

“Michelle isn't just a dogged and tireless researcher, she also has a rare eye for the colorful, the offbeat, the intriguing details that make great and compelling stories. She brings endless curiosity and creativity to her work, and it shows in every project I've ever seen her do.”

- Daniel Stone, author of The Food Explorer

“One of my favorites!”

- Emily VanDerWerff, Vox Critic at Large