Me, circa 1970

I’ve been a writer and editor since the 1980s. I do a weekly column for The Saturday Evening Post.

I’ve written for Esquire, USA Today, Noir City, Vulture, The Boston Herald, McSweeney’s, and other places. I was the editor of AOL’s TV Squad and writer for their film, food, and advertising sites. In the ’80s I wrote a weekly column for a local paper chain, and in the ’90s I was a columnist for Cape Ann Weekly and a community editor at Tripod. With friends I published the music zine RPM from 1990-91, and from 1995-2000 I published the TV zine Channel Surfer Journal. I created Professor Barnhardt’s Journal, I’m a contributing editor to The Sunday Long Read, and I’m a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

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), worked in sales for Billboard magazine and Boston.com, and worked for several years as a cook/waiter.

I live 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 in 1996 and was one of the first bloggers.

Thumbs up: cold weather, The Dick Van Dyke Show, old cookbooks, 40s-80s advertising, gin & tonics, tea, crosswords, Raymond Chandler, Dean Martin, Jeri Southern, Marshall Crenshaw, Christmas music, Peanuts, Turner Classic Movies, film noir, tennis, typewriters, the Oxford comma, 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

I was stationed in Hawaii during WWII. (Actually, this is Halloween, 1992 or 93.)

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!