What if the Artificial Intelligence voice in your car were your father’s–or someone very much like his? My humor piece from this week’s New Yorker.


The Bore War

-I recently read seven of the new or newish books about boredom (apparently we are in the midst of a literary “boredom boom”) and was not bored. No, wait. I was a tiny bit bored. Not for long, though. My story from the New York Times.



-I recently reviewed the darkly comic novel “The Last Laugh,” by Lynn Freed, for the New York Times Book Review. Opa! (It’s set in Greece).

-The Colin McEnroe Show, the great public radio show out of Connecticut, had me on for their retrospective of the six-month-old Trump presidency.


Cookie Monster on the Dole

Here’s a New Yorker humor piece I did in which I imagine what unemployment will look like for a certain Muppet.


Reaching out/Not reaching out

-The new “anti self-help” literary genre is full of profanity, for fuck’s sake!

-Here’s a Times story I did about all the new street preachers and huggers-without-portfolio that I’ve seen popping up on the streets post-election. If restaurants and stores can pop up, why can’t the helping professions?

-Emma McGowan at The Bustle asked me if you should “friend” a hook-up or one night stand on Facebook. No.


Recent-ish work

-This was insanely fun to do: I got to make a video for Vanity Fair called The Donald Trump Holiday Gift Guide.

-Here’s a Times column about the etiquette of co-working spaces (public offices in which you can rent deskspace)

-Some radio radio: I talked to Lynne Rossetto Kasper at The Splendid Table about getting conversations started at holiday gatherings, to the eponym of The Colin McEnroe Show about dealing with a–holes, and to Piya Chattopadhyay at Out in the Open about how to talk to relatives and colleagues during these charged political times


How Not to Be a Jerk About Sharing Vacation Photos

I loved being on the public radio show Q to discuss my recent article about online oversharing. The folks at Q have called the segment How Not to Be A Jerk About Sharing Vacation Photos.


Recent Yammerings

In the Times, I’ve discussed the tyranny of other people’s vacation photos, and the etiquette of the empty nest. The former article contains the phrase “comfort bosoms,” and I think we can all agree that a good day is a day in which you have occasion to say “comfort bosoms.”



-I wrote about having a virtual assistant named Amy for ten days, in the New York Times

-I peed on North Carolina’s bathroom law, in the New Yorker



Get Your Shonda On

In honor of television titan Shonda Rhimes’ new memoir, I spent a month saying yes to opportunities that scare me or take me out of my comfort zone, and then wrote about it for the New York Times.