Me, circa 1970

I’ve been a writer and editor since the 1980’s. I do a weekly column 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, and advertising sites. In the 80’s I wrote a weekly column for a small group of local papers, 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 and I’m a contributing editor at The Sunday Long Read.

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, 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 WW2. (Actually, this is Halloween, 1992 or 93.)


Writing/Editing: Do you need a writer or editor? I’ve been at this for 35 years. My specialities are pop culture (TV, film, books, food) but I can write about anything. I can do short features, long features, blog posts, interviews, reviews, essays, humor, newsletters, editorial consulting, ghostwriting, even sales and ad copy. If you’re interested, here’s my resume.

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!