My work has appeared in USA Today, The Boston Herald, McSweeneys.net, and many other publications and sites. I’m the former editor of AOL’s television site TV Squad and a staff writer for AOL’s film, food and advertising sites. In the ’90s I was a columnist for Cape Ann Weekly and editor of the TV Lounge community at Tripod.com. With the help of friends I published the music zine RPM from 1990-91. From 1995-2000 I was creator/editor of the TV newsletter Channel Surfer Journal, and from 2002-2014 I was creator/editor of Professor Barnhardt’s Journal.
In 2003 I published Book, with Words and Pages, a collection of essays and short humor pieces. I’ve been a guest and commentator on PBS, FX’s Breakfast Time, MSNBC, and several podcasts. Before all that I was a radio DJ (WMWM-FM), worked in sales and advertising for Billboard magazine and Boston.com, and worked for several years as a cook/waiter/bartender.
I live in in Gloucester, MA, setting of movies and books like Captains Courageous and home of Gorton’s fish sticks, not far from where Serena turned Darrin into a statue on Bewitched.
I started this site way back in 1996. Back then we called them “online journals.”
Thumbs up: cold weather, The Dick Van Dyke Show, old cookbooks, 40s-80s advertising, gin & tonics, tea, Raymond Chandler, Dean Martin, Marshall Crenshaw, Christmas music, film noir, tennis, typewriters, pizza, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Thumbs down: heat and humidity, reality television, people who don’t say thank you, the closing of bookstores, print newspapers/magazines going away, dark beer, lobster and shrimp, the disappearance of TV theme songs, shorts and flip-flops, Dr. Phil
Interviews: I’m available for radio/TV/print interviews via phone, e-mail (or in person if you’re close enough).
Speaking Engagements/Appearances: I’m available for speaking engagements and panels. E-mail me with details about your organization or event!