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Monday, October 19th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Should you be close friends with people who you work with? At the risk of sounding churlish, I argued "No" on this episode of the public radio show Q. (The opposing and more humane "Yes" is provided by "noted cozyologist" ...

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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.