A brief note from an unpleasant person

June 13, 2010

Filed in: The Home Front, The Way We Live Now

I know, you’ve been sick with worry—where have I been? How goes my quest to get to all 50 states before I turn 50?

The answer, dear readers, is that I published a book – nothing as fabulous as The 50th State will be – but a book nonetheless, a privilege for which I am eternally grateful.

But...

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It’s not about Gourmet. Well, not exactly…

November 03, 2009

Filed in: The Middle Ages, The Way We Live Now

So yeah, The 50th State is about my quest to get to all 50 states before my now rapidly approaching fiftieth birthday. But it’s also about what middle-class midlife looks and feels like in America right now. Which is rougher than Kachemak Bay when the wind is whipped up; more offputting than North...

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Tracy and Teddy and The Boston Globe

September 23, 2009

Filed in: The Home Front, The Middle Ages, The Way We Live Now

A couple of weeks ago, I did something I haven’t done for ages and ages – sat down and read The Boston Globe from cover to cover.

It was a dark Saturday morning, pouring rain from the edge of some tropical depression or another (Bill? Dennis?) that was passing by. Ted Kennedy had already had...

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(A Few) Headlines from Hell

July 17, 2009

Filed in: The Home Front, The Way We Live Now

Today the Boston Globe reported that unemployment in Massachusetts
is as bad as it’s been since September of 1992.

Coincidentally, September of 1992 was when I was laid off from the last full-time job I had, as a reviews editor at Lotus Magazine.

T and I were on vacation in the Adirondaks...

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The 50th State’s Golden Touch

July 08, 2009

Filed in: North Dakota

Not to brag, but being a 50th State state (AK, HI, ND or KS) elevates you to a status in the national media you’d otherwise never achieve.

Just consider: mere weeks after we visited Alaska, its otherwise little known Governor burst upon the national stage. I don’t need to tell you which...

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