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March 6, 2014

Just in case you think journalism ever changes

From Salmagundi, a series of satirical pamphlets written by Washington Irving, his brothers and friends in New York City from January 1807 to January 1808. The […]
January 6, 2014

Steinbeck

A short excerpt from a story that takes place more than 100 years ago.  Written for a book (East of Eden) published in 1952.  No matter.  […]
December 26, 2013

Dump, Squoosh, Bake, Powder = Christmas Cookies

So what do you do with all those pounds of butter you received under the Christmas tree?  What?  You didn’t?  Well, let’s pretend you did. I’m […]
December 18, 2013

Oh, this is not the way I wanted to start my Christmas

Ooops. It seems I was mistaken yesterday when I wrote that short item on Facebook about the brains behind F64’s successful PR stunt a few days […]
December 18, 2013

Running Off the Rails: The Sale of CFR Marfa

(Originally published in the Autumn 2013 issue of Esquire magazine.) [Update: Oct. 14 –  The deal to sell CFR Marfa collapses after time runs out and […]
December 10, 2013

How I Know I’m Not in New York (Part 9)

“Black Friday-and-a-half” I apologize for the delay, but I’ve been out shopping and didn’t have time until now to jot down the recent conversation with my […]
December 1, 2013

A Jew. Of course.

(Originally published in the November 2013 issue of Elle magazine.) Some time ago, I was ruining my day trying to accomplish something simple at my bank […]
October 12, 2013

Lessons from Cyprus

(Originally published in the Summer 2013 issue of Esquire magazine.) It’s not easy to make bankers look good these days. We’re still not finished cleaning up […]