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Sweating Out My Worth

Friday, March 30th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The new fitness app Sweatcoin measures your footfalls and then rewards you with the app's own digital currency (called, no surprise, sweatcoins). Would it be possible to turn sweatcoins into cold, hard cash? I endeavored to find out. My story ...

First review of new book is in…

Friday, March 16th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

...And it is kind and happy-making.

Where “Shake Yoga” Can Take You

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Here's a story I did for the New York Times about a bestselling book in Japan that promises--through the magic of thigh-based jiggling--to have you doing the splits in a month's time.  The book was written by a yoga teacher ...

Naked Dinner (and I do not speak metaphorically)

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

"Henry," you've probably found yourself thinking, "did you and your boyfriend Greg, on your recent trip to Paris, happen to visit Paris's first nudist restaurant?" Why, yes, yes we did. (And subsequent thanks to subsequent shoutouts from Boing Boing , editor Sam ...

Total Recall

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

For a few years now, I've been wishing that acquaintances came with their own "Previously on this series..." trailers. So I was glad to have the chance to read two books about how to ward off dementia, and to test ...

Getting Shirty with It

Thursday, December 14th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I'm honored that a tiny part of the New Yorker's current "World Changers" issue is devoted to my tangles with the UNTUCKit shirt empire. (I'm not implying that I'm--or that UNTUCKit--is changing the world. I'm merely marveling at the admirable open-mindedness ...

My Dad, the Car

Monday, December 4th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

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

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

-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 ...

Recent-ish

Monday, August 14th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

-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 ...

Cookie Monster on the Dole

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

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