I was born in Gloucester, MA, which you might know from the book/movie Captains Courageous and Gorton’s fish sticks. I’m the youngest of seven kids. My childhood revolved around television, science fiction and mystery books, and Quisp cereal.

I write for New York mag’s Vulture.com, Esquire, and other places.

I was editor of AOL/Weblog Inc.’s TV Squad (now HuffPo TV) and a staff writer for Cinematical (now Moviefone), Slashfood (now HuffPo Food), and Adjab (now gone). I’ve written for USA Today, Salon, McSweeneys.net, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket, The Black Table, Ironminds, The Boston Herald, and more. I wrote a music column for a local newspaper chain in the late 80s, and in the 90s was a columnist for Cape Ann Weekly and a community editor at Tripod.

With the help of friends I published the music zine RPM from 1990-92. I also published the TV zine Channel Surfer Journal from 1995-2000.

I self-published the essay collection Book, with Words and Pages in 2003.

You may have seen/heard me on WGBH, FX’s Breakfast Time, MSNBC or on several podcasts.

Ex-advertising and sales guy, ex-college radio DJ, ex-cook/waiter/bartender.

I launched this site in 1996. Back then we called them “online journals.”

Thumbs up: cold weather, tea, old advertising, gin & tonics, Raymond Chandler, Dean Martin, Marshall Crenshaw,¬†Christmas music, The Dick Van Dyke Show, landline phones, typewriters, film noir, old cookbooks, tennis, Reese’s peanut butter cups

Thumbs down: warm weather, football, reality television, texting, people who don’t say thank you, dark beer, the closing of bookstores, Black Friday sales, most seafood, Dr. Phil


Interviews: I’m available for interviews via phone, e-mail, or in person if you’re close enough.

Appearances: I’m available to talk about pop culture, media, TV, advertising, writing, the history of the web, and what the best frozen pizza is. E-mail me with details about your organization or event.