MIT’s big FAT Chain Reaction

On Black Friday, that darkest day of the year for advanced shoppers like myself, I experienced the antithesis of a Wal-Mart parking lot at midnight: MIT’s 14th annual FAT (Friday After Thanksgiving) Chain… Continue reading

on working in America

Is making a living starting to kill you? What do you think about your work life? Is it still working for you? I keep wanting to blog about work, but work keeps getting… Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street comes to Boston

When you don’t have the money to hire a publicist or a lobbyist and you still want to make yourself heard, you hit the streets—or set up tents and occupy a symbolic place… Continue reading

Interrogating the Interrogator: a conversation with Glenn Carle

Is it ever acceptable for our government to torture (“enhanced interrogation technique” is the Orwellian neo-con term) or jail someone indefinitely without due process? What if you or someone close to you were condemned… Continue reading

Shitaly

As the country whose people somehow still manage to keep doing business creating wonderful things (and looking fabulous) in spite of all that’s thrown at them, I’ve called Italy “Shitaly” lovingly for years—much… Continue reading

September 11th

September 11th, 2001 changed the trajectory of history and of life on this planet. Among other things, think about how much your personal freedoms have been curtailed the next time you get your… Continue reading

Beats, Rhymes & Life: the Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Can I kick it? Yes you can! Great rappers are great writers. They pull you into their reality and make you think while you’re dancing. Back in the day—like waaaay back in the… Continue reading

Summertime in New England

Dearest Readers, It’s summertime in New England. That’s my way of saying that during this precious time of the year, I prefer to spend every possible moment I can outside, on the beach… Continue reading

Clichés to avoid (not like the plague)

Here is the memo I wrote this afternoon for one of my corporate clients about writing (per their request, of course): What is a cliché? Stick a fork in it: Clichés are words… Continue reading

Hello, I must be going

The Marx Brothers, vaudevillian German-Jews from the now extinct Upper East Side neighborhood of Yorkville, had such difficult childhoods that they would have benefited from years of intensive therapy. But would they have… Continue reading