Now We’re Cookin’

Kay-Kay and I have been stream-bingeing A Chef’s Life. This is an endearingly quirky series on PBS—now headed for its sixth season—about Vivian Howard, the daughter of a tobacco farmer from eastern North Carolina who, after meeting her Jewish husband from Chicago...

Writers Writing About Writers Writing

I have two books on the street now and am working on my third. I painted myself into a corner by putting “trilogy” on the cover of the first one, so I’m sort of stuck finishing the third, I guess. Regardless, I’ve sent enough of My Very Own Words into the wild to say...

Living in Colonial World

l love HBO’s “Westworld” series. I mean, who can resist all that robot sex and violence? It’s such a thinly disguised metaphor for our alienation and search for authenticity in this age of Runaway Technological Change. Of course, I REALLY love the original 1973...

Rugby As Life Metaphor

I’m a contrarian. This I know about myself. I should be blogging “Year In Review” or “Top Ten Tofu Recipes for 2018.” That’s what everybody does, right? Which is enough reason for me to do the opposite. As I said, I’m a contrarian. However, the New Year brings...

You’re Wrong, Paul Krugman

So it’s Christmas Eve. Again? The passage of time does seem cruelly to accelerate the older you get. You’ve all had your fill of Clever and/or Sentimental Christmas Stories by now, so I won’t add to the saccharine overdose—other than to say Merry Christmas, hope your...