Monthly Archives: June 2010

Big Brother

Live TV, when news is in the process of being made, or not being made as the case may be, is mesmerizing – the OJ white SUV trek, or the balloon boy, or the airplane in the Hudson. It’s hard … Continue reading

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Choking on guns and big business

When you hear someone like Jeff Sessions making his way past all the rocks in his mouth saying something like he hopes Elena Kagan won’t let her political agenda interfere with her work on the Court, if indeed she’s able … Continue reading

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How to turn toilet paper into a birthday present

Engaging the Beatles to sing on my birthday (courtesy, actually, of my wonderful friend Maggie) is nothing compared to what everybody thought of me after the fireworks at my sales meeting. Toilet paper is pretty boring, and it’s even more … Continue reading

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Sleepwalking

Just in the past week I’ve found myself fumbling with the radio remote control, trying to stop a recording on my iPhone; and staring in horror at a Plexiglas panel filled with bugs that had somehow replaced my headboard. I’ve … Continue reading

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For Courtney

Her birthday was two days before mine, we both had younger brothers born in November who liked radio, and so we decided, somewhat illogically, that was why the college made us roommates – more probably, they just wanted the private … Continue reading

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HIPAA, Electric company style

So your power goes out, and after a few hours you call the electric company, and they tell you lots of people’s power is out, but that it helps to let them know where you live so they can get … Continue reading

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Al Gore, we hardly knew ye

I guess we know now why the Gores decided to separate so soon after buying that Montecito house – the massage therapist was about to tell all. And I mean all: As I began to unpack my things in order … Continue reading

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Fire him!

Okay, so the volcano-whose-name-you-can’t-pronounce changed McChrystal’s plans, and he ended up on a long bus ride with the Rolling Stone reporter. And the bus was stocked with beer. Now, it’s important to note that this is a general so disciplined … Continue reading

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The odd addiction of writing

It’s reassuring to learn, as the Times told us yesterday, that John Updike got kicked out of his freshman creative writing class at Harvard because he didn’t write well enough. Luckily for us, that didn’t stop him. He always knew … Continue reading

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The little things

I wasn’t sure I was going to keep writing here. There’s the problem of getting tired of one’s own voice; of that critical reader hanging annoyingly over one’s shoulder, saying “Who cares about that?” I saw Larry David yesterday on … Continue reading

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