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Middle-Aged Dating Nightmare (Episode 1)

A first-person account of a mature woman’s dating disaster (“My Naked Truth” by Robin Korth) has been making its way around the Interwebs, for good reason. Robin’s description of her short-lived relationship with a tool named Dave reads like a recipe for “Dating Shit Pie.” Continue reading

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The (Literary) Novel Is Dead! Wait, Was It Ever Alive?

Yesterday I received a tweet from a news organization based across the Atlantic Ocean from BFE, alerting me to a story about how the income of British “working writers” is decreasing. The story was linked to an address given by … Continue reading

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The (Latest) Literary Canon Wars and The Thing About Writers

On this morning’s Meditation While Jogging, I could not get the subject of “The Great New York Literary Subtweet War of 2014” out of my head. This “war” broke out last week when some guy wrote a blog disparaging a … Continue reading

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Sylvan Esso Performs “Hey Mami” on Some Guy’s Roof in Brooklyn

C’mon, don’t be a Brooklyn hipster hater like that! People gotta express themselves and let their freak flags fly. Plus, old folks like Paul Krugman and me know what rockin’ shoes like this chick’s gonna wreak a lot of payback … Continue reading

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Who is Allowed to Marry My Daughter, Based on Baseball Hat Fashion

No. Seriously? The whole reason baseball hats were invented was to keep the sun out of ballplayers’ eyes. This knucklehead does not have a practical bone in his body. What do you think he is going to do if the … Continue reading

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The 12 Days of Christmas for Single, Divorced Dads

On the First Day of Christmas, you will ask your twentysomething children to take an active role in planning to visit their grandparents 100 miles away in the next state. You give them a three-day window. You actually entertain high … Continue reading

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12 Thanksgiving Rules for Single, Divorced Dads

Variance from any of these rules will result in: lost sleep, self-loathing, alienation from your children, and validation of your ex-wife’s decision to kick your sorry ass out of the house. Don’ts If you attempt to compete for attention or … Continue reading

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Showing Up

An ancient paradox of social manners is that people in the public eye who have messy personal lives – people who are open to and deserving of our ridicule — can sometimes provide useful insights to guide modern youth, or … Continue reading

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Meditations on Don Draper (Part 5)

Sally Draper and I are contemporaries, though we grew up in different parts of the country. By the end of the seventh and final season of “Mad Men,” she and I will both have lived through the sixties. We remember … Continue reading

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Meditations on Don Draper (Part 4)

Please, people, take down the “Pete Campbell Suicide Watch” signs. Despite outward appearances, Pete is an extraordinarily complex character who lives like an exposed nerve. The result is that he responds to far more stimuli than the average Joe. However, … Continue reading

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