Me, circa 1970

I’ve been writing for 30 years. I’m a columnist for The Saturday Evening Post and a contributor to Esquire and The A.V. Club. I started this site in 1996.

My work has appeared in many publications and sites, including USA Today, Vulture.com, and The Boston Herald. I’m the former editor of the AOL/Weblogs, Inc. television site TV Squad and staff writer for their film, food and advertising sites. In the ’90s I was a columnist for Cape Ann Weekly and editor of the TV Lounge at Tripod.com. With 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 2002-2015 I did the same with 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 WGBH, 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.

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.

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, Peanuts, Turner Classic Movies, 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!