Me, circa 1970

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

My work has appeared in many publications and sites, including USA Today, Vulture.com, The AV Club, Playboy.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!