A new piece I'm particularly pleased with, over at The Bygone Bureau, satirizing doctor's office rules and policies. "We request that you supervise young children. Those children will be provided to you by the receptionist."
I've got a piece up on The Nervous Breakdown imagining what Mike Daisey might have done as a political reporter, on some recent campaigns: 2012, 2008, 2000, 1836... "I met Martin Van Buren. We went to a Starbucks. He was underage. I showed him my iPad."
Fun piece, I hope. No matter what you think of Mike Daisey and his NPR scandal.
Here's the link.
New piece up on The Millions this afternoon, called Killer Read. It's a reading group guide for a "new" thriller, The Reading Group Killer. Perhaps your book club wants to check it out.
Here's the link.
I have a new piece on Thought Catalog about Tiger Parents and French Parents and American Parents and Book Clubs and Hummus and Kickstarter and Recycling and Dogs Playing The Violin and Trader Joe's and iPhone Apps. I think it's funny. Maybe you will too.
<a href="http://bit.ly/GYgnSS">Here's the link</a>.
One of the tags the site put at the bottom of the piece is Park Slope. I didn't mention Park Slope in the piece. The piece isn't about Park Slope. I find it amusing that whoever puts the tags there thought that was a sensible one, because I guess it sort of is.
I've been asked at least a half-dozen times over the past few years whether Anonymous Lawyer was available on the Kindle, and I wish I could remember who those half-dozen people were, because, as of sometime in between the last time I checked my Amazon page and right now, there's finally a Kindle edition! So if you've always wanted to read it, but didn't like paper-- or you know someone who you think might enjoy the e-book version-- Check it out! I mean, at least the free preview, right?
I've got a piece on Kveller this afternoon about babysitting my niece for the first time. You'll laugh, she cried?
“Up the ramp… and down the ramp.” Lila remained content. Or at least confused. “This person wheeling me is clearly not very intelligent,” I imagined she was thinking. “But he seems to love this ramp. I’d better stay calm, since I’m obviously the one who’s going to have to be in charge if there’s an emergency."
I've got a new piece on The New Republic site. Inspired by an actual Romney quote from a Michigan campaign stop-- "I love this state. It seems right here. The trees are the right height. I like seeing the lakes. I love the lakes. There's something very special here. The Great Lakes, but also all the little inland lakes that dot the parts of Michigan." The piece ponders Mitt's reactions to wonderful places like the dentist's office, the DMV, and the bathroom in the coach section of an airplane.
New piece on Barnes & Noble's Grin & Tonic. Mock cookbook introduction. "You need no special equipment to cook the food in this volume, just a centrifuge, a Bowflex exercise machine, and a food-grade elasticized polyester hairnet." Link here.
I've got a new humor piece up on Splitsider, a comedy site, this afternoon. Parodying the idea that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, only this is about a tiny town in Greenland that no one has ever heard of.
I've got a humor piece up on The Bygone Bureau today-- "The Growing Creepiness of Pandora's Music Recommendations"-- and they've got an awesome illustration to accompany it. Check it out: http://bit.ly/wLVVBY
Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother -- Probably the book I had the most conversations about this year. I expect my wife and I will raise our kids considerably differently from how Amy Chua describes raising hers, but her book (and related WSJ columns) got us talking about what we think worked and didn't work about our own parents' styles, and Chua's book, whether you agree or disagree with anything she says, is a quick, compelling read. Although, now 10 months later, the one thing that sticks the most is about the standards she held her *dogs* to -- disappointed that she couldn't train them to be more intelligent....
Michael Levy's Kosher Chinese -- Memoir of an American teaching English in rural China. I would caution potential readers that he eats some crazy stuff in this book.
Bill Bryson's At Home: A Short History of Private Life -- I wouldn't say it's the Bill Bryson book I've enjoyed the most (that would be I'm A Stranger Here Myself, his collection of notes about returning to America after a couple of decades away), but he can make anything awfully readable, even a tour around his bathroom. It's long, probably longer than it needed to be, but still pretty darn satisfying.