How to Raise Your Rent One Glass at a Time

Let's face it. The news is terrible. The economy, it's badness, the sheer scale and depth of it is enough to send anyone into a great depression. I've gotten to the point where I don't dare read the news. My New York Times alerts are the same every day. NYSE craters. Nikkei in midnight free-fall. There's no escape.… » 12/06/08 8:00am 12/06/08 8:00am

Kill Winter Colds with "Grandma's Penicillin"

Every year, without fail, I get sick for the holidays. It used to be a joke. Then as I got older, the joke just wasn't funny anymore. So I took matters into my own hands. I started eating Grandma's Penicillin. It's a staple in any Jewish deli, where I first learned about it, but every culture has their own version. I… » 11/01/08 1:00pm 11/01/08 1:00pm

How Zach Braff (and I) Get Thank-You Notes Done

Some people say I'm the spitting image of Zach Braff » 10/26/08 9:00am 10/26/08 9:00am. I've got a certain charm, but I don't see the resemblance. Nevertheless, I get stopped. I get asked. I am forced to deny. Still, as far as mistaken identities go, this is not so bad. Who wouldn't want to resemble a triple-threat Hollywood star? It may not be Brad…

Go Local for Custom Letterpress Work On-the-Cheap

I'm a big fan of old. Books. Photos. Furniture. If it's dusty, it's trusty. Every once in a while something old comes into vogue and then demand does its thing, and the next thing you know, what was once in the bargain bin is now in the shop window instead. Such is the case with letterpress » 10/18/08 3:00pm 10/18/08 3:00pm cards today. If you want…

How Dave Brown Hacked His Way into the Green Room

Accidental music mogul Dave Brown helped launch the careers of Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes and The Album Leaf, among others. These days his record label turned consulting company, Holiday Matinee » 10/04/08 4:00pm 10/04/08 4:00pm, beefs up the resumes of dot-coms and other merchants of cool. I got a chance to talk to Brown about the details of…

The Perfect Sunday Morning Bloody Mary

The problem with Saturday night is Sunday morning. Yes, I'm talking about the hangover. I'm talking about fuzz in your mouth and ringing in your ears. I'm talking about that "did I really say that?" feeling and that "OMFG, I did" reaction. The solution to Sunday morning (or at least those Sunday mornings that start… » 9/07/08 7:00am 9/07/08 7:00am

Trying to recall haunted houses from my childhood. My parents and their friends did a special haunted house when I was maybe 6 years old. They put blindfolds on us and we had to put our hands in various mystery substances. » 10/18/06 10:24am 10/18/06 10:24am