Category: Press
A very deck Veep

“Deck” got used on one of my favorite shows last night. My goofy contribution to pop culture has now been in The Sopranos and Veep. Very deck. Vulture deemed it the “compliment of the episode:” Dan to Catherine: “You’re hip! You’re deck! Deck’s a thing, right?”

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A Few of My Favorite Things (In Brooklyn)

Time Out listed some of my favorite spots in Brooklyn in their latest issue: “When I first moved to Brooklyn in 1996, I was two blocks away from the pier at India Street, which at the time was an abandoned lot with the best view you could possibly imagine of the New York skyline. I used to go there to […]

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An Ode to Vinyl Siding in Williamsburg

The New York Times included a short quote by yours truly in this article on vinyl siding. And yes, I really do live in a pink building. To Mr. Canfield, replacing vinyl siding that is in good shape, as some homebuyers do as soon as they have the deed, is like carelessly restoring antiques that came over on the Mayflower. […]

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Garrison Keillor Discusses My Work on The Writer’s Almanac

This pretty much made my year. You can visit The Writer’s Almanac website and listen to the podcast here, or I’ve archived the MP3 here for posterity. Just wow. image via

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“Place-dropping” The Scary Nudists I Encountered In Tulum

Misty Harris included a quote from me in her latest trend piece on “place-dropping: “The inevitable I-wanna-be-on-vacation factor makes the pretension harder to dismiss,” says Robert Lanham, bestselling author of three books on cultural foibles. Lanham suggests the key to a successful place-drop is knowledge of which travel war-stories will help and which will hinder — something he carefully considered […]

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I’m Yale Worthy!

I got a really nice mention in the Yale Daily News. In closing his talk, Monks read a popular piece from McSweeney’s entitled “Internet Age Writing and Course Overview” by Robert Lanham. The piece is written as an English class syllabus but satirizes the new state of writing on the Internet, from blogs to Twitter and Facebook. The “course” covered […]

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Another Quote About Wes Anderson In SF Weekly

Evidently, this story was syndicated all over the place: Then, the air came out of the tires. Released in 2004, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou cost $60 million and took in $24 million. The more modestly budgeted Darjeeling Limited grossed $12 million in 2007, $5 million less than Rushmore. These were commercial failures, sure, but the critics were also […]

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New York Says I’m One Of The ‘Five Voices That Matter in the Music Blogosphere’

New York Magazine has a long-overdue cover story on the Brooklyn music scene and the thing is pretty epic. The article discusses the latest wave of a-list indie bands—Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Antlers, TV on the Radio—and canonizes the Dirty Projectors as “the most risk-taking” group of the crop: Bitte Orca, it turns out, is Dirty Projectors’ real New York […]

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A Short Mention In The New Yorker

Now if I can just get in Shouts & Murmers…

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Time Discovers Hipsters

Just what the world needs: another snarky/tired/redundant article about Williamsburg and hipsters: Hipsters are the friends who sneer when you cop to liking Coldplay. They’re the people who wear T-shirts silk-screened with quotes from movies you’ve never heard of and the only ones in America who still think Pabst Blue Ribbon is a good beer. They sport cowboy hats and […]

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