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Keeping Up with the Jones

Down Goes Frazier … and Paterno: A Tale of Two Joes

For years I have closed many columns with, “Have no fear, stay strong, stand on truth, and do justice.” Somewhere along the line, as I lost faith in leadership across the board, I added

Stop Calling Me Surly

Facebook: A Forbidding ‘Friend’

“Most of your Facebook ‘friends’ aren’t friends; they’re time-sucking vampires,” ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said last week while promoting his second annual Nation

Guest Commentary

Remembering Tom Peterson

The Friday before Halloween, I dropped by Bank Street Brewhouse to check out an art event.

Summary of My Discontent

How to read a newspaper

People often say to me, “Why is your LEO column so long?

Raised Relief


Even though I was only 9 years old in 1986, I have been trying to ameliorate, forget or otherwise recover from one error in judgment that has dogged my every step for the past 25

Stop Calling Me Surly

Optimistic on ‘Occupy’

“This thing has got more heart and energy than anything I’ve witnessed in my life,” said Stephen Shepard, the Occupy Lexington spitfire who accompanied me to its

Summary of My Discontent

Ask an English Major about Economics

Welcome to “Ask an English Major about Economics,” the column that puts the Milton in Milton Friedman.

Fables of the Deconstruction

My ghost

I was recently stumped by a musical phrase, a short sequence of notes, a poorly (and perhaps inaccurately) remembered lyric from an old pop song.

Keeping Up with the Jones

The necessity of self-deception

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Raised Relief

The hits just keep on coming

I was always a little dubious about the tooth fairy. It just seemed so implausible.