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Newish stuff

Friday, September 11th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

-I recently wore pheromones for a month to see if it would make me more attractive to members of the opposite sex? (I'm using a question mark there to connote deniability.) -How some of use our pets to conduct our relationships/disputes ...

The Aspirational R.S.V.P.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Saying "yes" when you really mean "no" has an ugly new (or not so new) iteration, as discussed in my column on the aspirational RSVP. I got to talk about the article on the public radio shows The Colin McEnroe Show (I'm ...

Words o’ wisdom

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I was hugely honored to give the commencement address at Simon's Rock, which I attended as a wee lad.  Video here.

Recently

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

-I have a story in this week's New Yorker for which I sat in the orchestra pit of the new Broadway production of "The King and I" -My two most recent manners columns in the Times: the etiquette of asking someone if ...

Recently

Thursday, March 26th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

-I had lots of fun being a judge in the Piglet, the annual cookbook competition held by the website Food 52. I was asked to weigh in on--and cook from--Brooks Headley's "Fancy Desserts" and Sean Brock's "Harvest". Here's my judgment. -In ...

“Alford to attend Alfordpalooza”

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Oh, this is lovely: the Key City Public Theatre in Port Townsend, Wa. is having an evening whereat three of my stories will be read aloud. It's tonight! And I will be one of the three readers---or, as the local ...

Recently

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

-I'm not exactly technophobic; I guess I'd be more accurately described as techno-churlish. So it was a surprise to me when I realized that having Scrabble on my iPhone has improved my life greatly. I decided to spend three weeks ...

Kale Scrivenings Get Some Love

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The New Yorker's Emma Allen nicely mentioned my kale story in her round-up of "not-to-be missed" humor pieces from the magazine in 2014. Thank you, crucifer gods.

Tabular Splendor

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Here's the previously unavailable link for my Splendid Table appearance (it feels weird to call a radio gig an "appearance," but I'm going with it.) I'm at 1:40:22. Thanks.

Recent excretions

Sunday, November 30th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

-Like you, I have often wondered, How could a hostage negotiator help the average family get through Thanksgiving? So, for my New York Times column, I interviewed nine hostage negotiators--three of them formerly with the FBI--and asked them for holiday ...