-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 with/through.
-Congratulations to Julie Schumacher, the first woman to win the Thurber Prize (for her hilarious novel, “Dear Committee Members”). I got to host the awards ceremony, held at Caroline’s comedy club. Here’s an article about it from the Guardian, and one from the San Francisco Chronicle.
-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”
-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 my monthly New York Times column about manners, I looked at the etiquette of being in therapy.
-When I hear that Apple’s new smart watch may have been inspired by cartoon character Dick Tracy’s two-way radio watch, I realized that lots of digital innovations had unexpected precursors.
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 paper put it, “Alford to attend Alfordpalooza.”
-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 using apps to try to improve my life in other ways, too: here’s the story that ran in the New York Times.
-In light of the Sony phone hacks, People magazine asked me to weigh in on the topic of apologizing to someone you’ve offended.
-Thanks to the munificence of Travel and Leisure magazine, I got to ride, herd, and wash elephants in Laos: never has my day-job been so thrillingly adorable.
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.