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Merry Christmas, Baby

You may have missed this one: I recently compiled forty of the greatest Christmas albums of all time for the Rolling Stone website. I wanted to include albums that rewarded repeated plays, not wacky Yuletide novelties–which means that I didn’t include Bob Dylan’s Christmas in the Heart, even though I really wanted to use my […]

posted 23 December 2013 in Articles, Outside. no comments yet

Rolling in the Deep, 10/10/13

Lately, I’ve been writing more dispatches for the Rolling Stone website, and it occurred to me that you might like to know about them. I don’t want to slam you with a barrage of links, so once a week or so, I’ll do a quick roundup and you can click on whatever interests you. On […]

posted 10 October 2013 in Articles, Links. no comments yet

Get a Tan From Standing in the English Rain

Hugh Laurie has released his second album, Didn’t It Rain: another disc of New Orleans jazz and blues, a genre that he loves and proves to be a surprisingly fluent performer in. It’s been almost two years since I wrote a profile of Laurie for The New York Times Magazine (and almost seven years since […]

posted 13 August 2013 in Articles, News. no comments yet

A Man, a Plan, a Dan–Alpanama!

You may recall an article I wrote last year for Men’s Journal about Dan McLaughlin and his “Dan Plan”: at age 30, despite never having played a round of golf in his life, he decided that he would quit his job and devote 10,000 hours to remaking himself as the best golfer possible (with the […]

posted 22 July 2013 in Articles, Outside. no comments yet

Lonely Is an Eyesore

I don’t know when I’ve had as much fun reporting an article as I did hanging out with the Lonely Island for this Rolling Stone feature. When I asked where they wanted to meet, the answer was at the Universal Studios theme park, so they could go on the Transformers ride. Plus, we took in […]

posted 13 June 2013 in Articles, Outside. 1 comment

Shell Shocked

You have probably already heard the news of Michelle Shocked’s onstage meltdown and rant against gay marriage, which seems to have put the kibosh on her current tour, and possibly her career. Previously, she was not just a warrior for progressive politics, but imbued with a generous spirit towards humanity, which makes this descent into […]

posted 19 March 2013 in Articles, News, Outside. no comments yet

The Twitter Project

Rolling Stone has published another of my series of articles where I interview famous people about their Twitter feeds: last year it was Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, but this week it’s the lovely and talented Mindy Kaling, creator and star of the charming new sitcom The Mindy Project. For maximum self-referentiality, tweet about it! Or […]

posted 4 October 2012 in Articles, Links. no comments yet

Sweet Inspirations

This Sunday’s issue of The New York Times Magazine is “The Inspiration Issue,” featuring a collection of articles about how creativity works. I contributed two pieces: a short one where I got Andre Braugher to share the reading list that served as his preparation for playing a submarine captain on the very enjoyable new ABC […]

posted 27 September 2012 in Articles. no comments yet

Happy Halloween

What, you say that’s six weeks from now? Well, my article on the Halloween parties thrown by Neil Patrick Harris and his fiancĂ© David Burtka is out now in Food & Wine, and since I wrote it almost a year ago, I’m not inclined to wait any longer to let you know about it. You […]

posted 17 September 2012 in Articles. no comments yet

Big Time

If you’re a Rolling Stone subscriber, you have probably already received a copy of “The Big Issue,” a tribute to all things humongous and a reminder of how appealing the magazine looked when printed on larger pages. If not, do not despair–even though the issue isn’t available on newsstands, you can read the whole thing […]

posted 29 May 2012 in Articles, Outside. no comments yet