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- Writer, humor columnist, college professor and administrator, aspiring pundit.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Harvard’s Billion-Dollar
September 23, 2013 03:11PM
- Roiled by the Boiled Dinner
September 09, 2013 08:35AM
- Ending Two Television Affairs
May 14, 2013 04:13PM
- Snow Daze
February 15, 2013 11:23AM
- Finding a Happy Media
January 09, 2013 09:34AM
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From Inside Higher Ed:
Bill Gates: Oh, come on. Pick up!
BG: Last chance!
Fund Raiser: Hello! Office of Development, Harvard University. How can I help you?
BG: I want to speak with a fund raiser.
BG: Great. This is Bill… Read full post »
Autumn is almost upon us, at least judging by the Halloween decorations already displayed in department stores. Christmas trees soon will appear now that Labor Day has passed. You’ll find shamrocks in November. Walmart likes to think ahead.
The season brings with it good food—highlighted… Read full post »
This week one of my favorite TV shows calls it quits. “The Office” bids farewell after nine seasons.
Coincidentally, this week I’ll put the wraps on another long-running show, “The West Wing,” which aired from 1999 to 2006. I missed it back then, but thanks to Netflix,… Read full post »
In honor of the recent "snow event"--Winter Storm Nemo or Blizzard Charlotte, whichever you prefer--I present my latest Inside Higher Ed column, "Snow Daze."
Be patient. It picks up. Just like the snow totals.
Dear Campus Community,
I imagine you have heard by now that the… Read full post »
The best thing about working in university public relations is the endless supply of stories. Some of them are even worth telling. Students, it seems, are always good for various kinds of chicanery, mayhem, misbehavior and scandal, along with sporadic bouts of moral and physical turpitude. They&rsquo… Read full post »
My latest Inside Higher Ed column reflects on what the demise of “The Office” means to Cornell University, which will lose one of its brightest luminaries, Andy Bernard:
This television season, one of my all-time favorite shows bids farewell. After nine glorious years, “The O… Read full post »
Hey! I’m live-tweeting this year’s office holiday party. #openbar, baby! Boo-yah!
Plenty of fancy hors d’oeuvres. Love me some bacon-wrapped scallops. Go down well with merlot. Boss is here with wife—great couple! #lovemyjob
Colleague selling Girl Scout cookies. Cute daughte… Read full post »
Halloween ranks among my top 10 holidays. Top eight, maybe.
I call it the “gateway to the holiday season.” Before long, Thanksgiving is upon us, followed by Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus—whichever you celebrate—and New Year’s. The “holiday season,&rdqu… Read full post »
My dog recently turned one. According to life-expectancy projections, I’ll have him about another nine years. Unless I bludgeon him with a shovel.
Back in December, my wife took seriously my musings about getting a dog. Our beloved cat of 17 years, Mozart, a model feline citizen, was nearing t… Read full post »
What a great Olympic Games! We sure learned a lot about England’s agrarian ancestry and the Industrial Revolution. Bravo!
Oh, and the sports. Who knew there were so many? Certainly not NBC, which offered us a daily diet of diving, volleyball, swimming, gymnastics, volleyball, diving, swimming,… Read full post »
In the debut of my new humor
column on Inside
Higher Ed, I reminisce about my time in clown college.
Pretty much anything passes for higher education these days. Enterprising institutions routinely offer intellectually challenging programs such as cosmetology, astrology, thimble repair, l… Read full post »
So I'm watching "Hell's Kitchen," a mindless guilty pleasure, and the earnest chefs are serving, among other menu items, squab, which is, of course, pigeon. For some reason, they're calling it pigeon, not squab. Squab I could manage, perhaps, because it sounds exotic enou… Read full post »
A recent flight afforded me the chance to pore over one of my favorite publications—that venerable staple of air travel, the Sky Mall catalog.
I admit I’ve never actually purchased anything from the Sky Mall, and I often glance around the cabin to see if anyone is filling out the… Read full post »
When the Boston Celtics recently lost to the Miami Heat in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals, sports pundits heralded the demise of the Celtics’ Big Three: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, who may have played their last game together. Many added Celtic Rajon Rondo to the mix, t… Read full post »