The creative habit: use it or lose it

I made one of my crazy 24-hour whirlwind visits to NYC last weekend. Among other things (some of which I’ll probably write about here, eventually), my friends and I went to the Body… Continue reading

Bullets and baguettes in Tunisia

There are some heavy things on my mind these days. Mohamed Al Bouzazi, a 26-year old unemployed Tunisian graduate student who was beaten by the police for not having a permit for his… Continue reading

it’s looking biblical out there

Earth to naysayers: climate change is already well underway. We’re well past the “drill baby drill” denial stage. Instead we need to figure out how to best adapt to what’s next. As far… Continue reading

the politics of hatred

What to say about the shootings in Tuscon that you haven’t already heard or felt? As of the time of this posting, Sarah Palin’s Facebook page still shows her infamous crosshairs map, if… Continue reading

eat, gay, love

It’s no secret: straight women have been having platonic affairs with gay men for eons. Gay guys usually make an effort to take care of themselves. They look great. They dress well. They… Continue reading

zombie parenting

Caring for a child nowadays is a complicated affair. In olden times (pre-1995, before the Internet exploded), parents didn’t have to worry about finding their children in front of the family computer, playing… Continue reading

new year’s resolutions

Let 2011 go down as the year we rid ourselves of New Year’s resolutions. Let’s resolve to not make any more ridiculous promises, just because it’s a new year. Chances are you won’t… Continue reading

Geert’s gone Wilders

Geert Wilders, self-described “freedom fighter” and hypothetical Palin-Gingrich lovechild of the Netherlands, has just declared war on Dutch art and culture, zapping the country’s cultural and performing arts with some hefty cuts that… Continue reading

St. Francis and Zach

This is a reflective time of the year, when loved ones who aren’t around anymore are especially missed. In January 1997, my cousin Zach took his life on the day after his 18th… Continue reading

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa

I caught Dweezil Zappa’s incredible show, “Zappa plays Zappa” at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street in Boston last night. Frank Zappa was a mad musical genius, a legendary guitarist, a star-brother… Continue reading