I’ve been a writer and editor since the 1980s. I’m a columnist for The Saturday Evening Post.
I’ve written for Esquire, USA Today, Vulture, The AV Club, The Boston Herald, McSweeney’s, and other places. I’m the former editor of AOL’s TV Squad and writer for their film/food/advertising sites. 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, which ran from 2002 to 2019.
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 WGBH, FX’s Breakfast Time, MSNBC, and several podcasts. Before all that I was a radio DJ (WMWM), worked in sales and advertising 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.
I started this site in 1996.
Thumbs up: cold weather, The Dick Van Dyke Show, old cookbooks, 40s-80s advertising, gin & tonics, tea, crosswords, Raymond Chandler, Dean Martin, Marshall Crenshaw, Christmas music, Peanuts, Turner Classic Movies, 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!