Works

• BOOKS

Spy High, with Susan Morrison (Doubleday, 1991)

Mr. Stupid Goes to Washington (Birch Lane, 1992)

Loose Lips, with Kurt Andersen and Lisa Birnbach (Simon & Schuster, 1995)

The Coup (Doubleday, 2007)

And the War Came: The Six Months That Tore America Apart (Byliner, 2011)

The Book of Levon: The Trials and Triumphs of Levon Helm (Bolt Books, 2013)

Commander Will Cushing, Daredevil Hero of the Civil War (W.W. Norton, 2014)

 

• PLAYS

This Happy, Happy Land

A staged reading was held in January 1992 at The Public Theater in Manhattan, directed by Martin Charnin, featuring Jane Kaczmarek, Tony Goldwyn, Zach Grenier,James Murtaugh, Alison Fraser and Tom Mardorosian

Loose Lips (with Kurt Andersen and Lisa Birnbach)

• Produced by Kurt Andersen, Lisa Birnbach, Martin Charnin and Jamie Malanowski at The 88's in Greenwich Village in July 1994, directed by Martin Charnin, starring James Biberi, Scott Bryant, Sara Pratter, Keith Primi, Ingrid R. Rockefeller, Luke Toma, Mark Smaltz and later Ira Hawkins.

• Produced by Kurt Andersen, Lisa Birnbach, Martin Charnin and Jamie Malanowski at TheTriad on West 72nd Street in May 1995, directed by Martin Charnin, starring James Biberi, Scott Bryant, Sara Pratter, Keith Primi, Ingrid R. Rockefeller and Luke Toma, with guest hosts Harry Shearer, Peter Boyle, and Bebe Neuwirth

• Produced by Sandy Faison and Steve Ullman at the Santa Monica Playhouse in Los Angeles in October 1995, directed by Martin Charnin, starring Gregg Berger, Scott Bryant, Sara Pratter, Keith Primi, Ingrid R. Rockefeller and Luke Toma, with guest host Robert Morse

• Produced by Kurt Andersen, Lisa Birnbach, Martin Charnin and Jamie Malanowski at The 88s in Greenwich Village in February 1998, directed by Martin Charnin, starring Gregg Berger, Scott Bryant, Sara Pratter, Keith Primi, Ingrid R. Rockefeller, Sarah Thyre and Luke Toma, with host Andy Richter

Carson The Musical (with Henry Bushkin)


Loose Lippers (clockwise from top left): Martin Charnin, Scott Bryant, Jimmy Biberi, Luke Toma, me, Sara Pratter, Keith Primi (pictured) Mark Smaltz and Ingrid Rockefeller


Loose Lips, 1998: (top row) Mark Smaltz, Martin Charnin, Ingrid Rockefeller; (bottom row) Scott Bryant, Sarah Thyre, Keith Primi, Gregg Berger

• SCREENPLAYS

Pentagon Wars (with Martyn Burke)

Broadcast by HBO in February 1998, directed by Richard Benjamin and starring Kelsey Grammer, Cary Elwes, John C. McGinley and Richard Schiff

Mr. Stupid Goes to Washington
Camelot
My Life in Baseball
The Coup
People Like Us


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American Interest (6)

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Even More Rejects, August 9, 2012

Bond, Aged But Unyielding, November 20, 2012

Drunk History, September 18, 2014
Cosby The Showman, December 9, 2014
Mike Nichols and the End of New York, February 11, 2015

American Journalism Review (1)

Bad News: Murder Travels, September 1993.

American Photographer (2)

That's Entertainment, November 1988.
That's Incredible, April 1989.

The Atlantic (1)

Broadway Cacophany, November 1983.

The Baltimore News American (2)

Carelessness, July 23, 1980

A PR Man Argues Against Expense Accounts, August 31, 1982

The Baltimore Sun (1)

Monkey-Wrenching Around, June 2, 1987

Bergdorf Goodman (BG) Magazine (3)

The ABCs of B(ee) G(ee), Fall 2009

What Do Daughters Want?, Resort 2009

What Suits Men Best, Spring 2010

Best Life (2)

Billy Crudup: The Accidental Superhero, February 2009

What She Wants: Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski Explains, May 2009

British GQ (1)

The Pepsi Challenge, May 1991.

Capital Style (2)

Rough and Rudy. September 1999
Al Gore Takes Lunch, December 1999

Channels (1)

KYW'S Consultant Coup, September 1987.

Civil War Times (2)

Was the Civil War Inevitable? April 2013

Cushing on the Cape Fear River, April 2015

Columbia Journalism Review (cjr.org) (1)

Throw The Rascals In, October 1, 2009

Contemporaries (1)

The Making of a Musician, Volume 1, Number 2, 1988.

The Daily Beast (3)

Should Barack Grow A Beard?, December 4, 2008

The New Film Skewering Bush and Blair, July 25, 2009

Behind the Levon Helm Biopic `Ain't in It for My Health, April 20, 2013

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The Keeper, November 8, 1987.

Dallas Morning News (1)

Why Fort Hood Needs a New Name, June 14, 2012

Details (2)

Cartoon: My Own Private Peggy Noonan, August 1992.

Liar for Hire, August 2010.

Drill (2)

The History of Hair, 2004

Martial Arts Rule, 2004

Entertainment Weekly (21)
The Inferno Film Festival, June 4, 1993
The Great Pretender, June 11, 1993
A Ham For All Seasons, March 29, 1996.

Alien Nation, December 1996

Entertainers of the Year: Calista Flockhart, December 25, 1998

Entertainment Forecast (as part of a team), January 22, 1999

The 100 Greatest Moments in Television (as part of a team), February 19, 1999

Digital News: The Colorado shootings, April 23, 1999

Book News: A Talk with Michael Korda, May 31, 1999

The Warren Commission, October 15, 1999

A Prince in Pinstripes, March 19, 1999

The Wright Stuff, December 19, 2003

DVD News: Roundtable Discussion with the cast of Camp, February 27, 2004

DVD Review of The Great Escape, May 28, 2004

DVD Review of Judgment at Nuremberg, September 10, 2004

When Jack Met Marilyn, August 24, 2004

DVD Revew of The Yes Men, February 14, 2005

DVD Review of Look at Me, August 5, 2005

Remembering Peter Jennings, August 12, 2005

Walter Cronkite, 1916-2009, July 17, 2009

James Garner, 1928-2014, July 20, 2014


On assignment for American Photographer, November 1986: me, Johnny Cash, Slick Lawson

Writers Conference
Keynote Address (40 min)
Marymount Manhattan Writers Conference 2008
June 5, 2008

Esquire (24)

The Man, The Dream, The Vitamins: a Dossier on Clint Eastwood,
October 1988.
Madonna: The Next 50 Years, December 1992.
Women We Love: The 1940s, August 1993

Triumph of the Hip, September 1994.
Vivat, Vivat, Varga Girl! November 1994.

The Dubious Achievement Awards, January 1995 (as part of a team)
The Ruling Class: The Comeback Kiddie, February 1995.
The New Varga Girl: Tyra Banks, January 1995.

The New Varga Girl: Shana, February 1995.
So Big, March 1995.
The Ruling Class: Running with the Rebels, March 1995.
The New Varga Girl: Larissa Bondarenko, March 1995.
The Ruling Class: Learning New Steps, June 1995.
The New Varga Girl: Ingrid Seynhaeve, June 1995.

Bearing the Standard, August 1995

Man At His Best, New Writing: Madmen & Martyrs, September 1995

The New Varga Girl: Age-Appropriate Behavior, September 1995.

The New Varga Girl: Elizabeth Berkley, October 1995.

Television: Braugher's Hour, October 1995

Testing Your Bond Quotient: What Would You Do With Pussy Galore?, November 1995

The New Varga Girl: Cindy Crawford, December 1995.

The Dubious Achievement Awards, January 1996 (as part of a team)

The Dubious Achievement Awards, January 1997 (as part of a team)

Oliver Stone's Kasablanca

Family Life (1)

Destination: Gettysburg, May-June 1996.

Fast Company (1)

Soul Assassins, May 2005

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Shriveled Liberty, February 26, 2009

Pull the Other One, Sacha: The Summer of the Penis Joke, August 9, 2009

Gentleman's Quarterly (1)

Michael Bloomberg, February 2016

Harpers (3)

Running with the Also-Rans, November 1983.

Sex Money and Other Missing Ingredients, November 1983

My Own Private Peggy Noonan, December 1992

The Huffington Post (22)

Publicist At Work, January 31, 2008.

The Village Eliot, March 12, 2008

Gettin' Wiggy With It, March 17, 2008

The ASME Awards: A Modest Proposal, May 1, 2008

What McClellan's Critics Really Think, May 29, 2008

Moon Over Suburbia, June 27, 2008

The Maddening Part of Mad Men, July 25, 2008

Not Uma, Una!, August 14, 2008

A Pick For All Seasons, September 9, 2008

Unprepared, Unexpected, Unbelievable, December 2, 2008

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus von Staffenberg, December 15, 2008

Dear Dick: We Have Received Your Resume. . . , January 9, 2009

Swear It Again, January 22, 2009

Command and Control, February 9, 2009

Is It The 'Roids or the Records, February 10, 2009

Obama's Bad Luck, February 12, 2009

Bringing Freedom to Great Britain, February 26, 2009

Mirror, Mirror: Today's GOP Resembles 1981's Democrats, March 2, 2009

Defining Extravagance Up, March 20, 2009

A Naked Lie from the New York Post, March 29, 2009

Return of the Stoic Hero?, April 9, 2013

An All-But-Forgotten American Hero, October 28, 2014

Illinois (5)

Dead-On: A Profile of Will Leitch, Summer 2012

The Alumni Interview: Megan Fincher (Fall 2012)

The Alumni Interview: Patricia Millett (Spring 2013)

The Alumni Interview: Amy Barr Patrick (Spring 2014)

The Alumni Interview: Paola Boivin (April 2015)

Interview (1)

Interview with Michael Biehn and James Purdy, April 1988.

Inside Sports (1)

Mind Games, May 1987.

The Journal News (1)

Let's Not Squelch the Spirit of Rebellion, June 28, 2008

Jungle Magazine (1)

James Cramer: The Jungle Interview, (with Ryan D'Agostino), November 2004

The London Evening Standard (3)

Overpaid, Overrated, and Over There, January 27, 1993.
The World's Most Dangerous Party Girl, June 9, 1993.

Jackson: How the Star Was Destroyed, December 1993

Mirabella (2)

Helen Hunt is the Nicest Person in the World, July-August 1996

Joan Allen

The Nation (5)

Damn Mets: The Year Rohatyn Won The Pennant, October
11, 1986.
Earth First! May 2, 1987.
Pepsi's The One, April 8, 1991.
Fogies, February 22, 1993.

Looking Back on 2010, December 31, 2009 (on thenation.com)

Naval History (1)

A Talent for Buffoonery, December 2014

New England Journal of Finance (1)

How El Duque Changed Baseball, Summer 2001

Age Wave: The Coming Surge in the Old Old

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Sounds: Born-Again Beatniks, March 12, 1984.
Suzanne Vega's City Folk, April 29, 1985.
Forever Young, May 27, 1985.
The King and I, January 4, 1988

Give Niall Ferguson a Sour Economy, and He'll Make a Spurious Lemonade-Stand Parable, July 28, 2012

 

The New Yorker (7) and newyorker.com (3)

Calling On Colin (Shout and Murmers), September 11, 1995.
Regrets Only (Shout and Murmers), December 4, 1995.

Dedicated Lines (Talk of the Town), December 25, 1995
Football Scholarship (Talk of the Town), September 16, 1996.

Screening Rooms (Shout and Murmers), November 3, 1997
Nerdfile ( The Talk of the Town), March 15, 1999
Reincarnation Dept., (The Talk of the Town), August 09, 1999

Tools for Political Living, July 26, 2012

Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles, October 11, 2012

Surviving a Weekend with the Wizard of Prog Rock, October 31, 2014

An Album At Last, June 22, 2015

The New York Times (53)

Favorite Daughters' For E.R.A., February 9, 1979 (Op-Ed)

A Scoreboard Message That Touched All, August 12, 1979 (Sports)

An Insider's Guide To New York City (with Mary McCartney), August 11, 1980 (Op-Ed)

Drought Possibilities, June 15, 1981 (Op-Ed)

Mayoral Candidate Questions, June 16, 1985 (Sports)

Ribbon Control, September 4, 1993 (Op-Ed).
My Big Night at the Oscars, March 21, 1994 (Op-Ed).

Our Season of Discontent, November 17, 1994 (Op-Ed)

Oldies But Goodlies, November 26, 1995 (Magazine)

A New Nixon Who's Warm And Fatherly, August 15, 1999 (Arts & Leisure)

Shifting From Blood and Guts to Heart and Brains: Wes Craven and Music of the Heart, October 24, 1999 (A&L)

The Ghosts of Hollywood Past Continue to Cast Their Spell; Remember: Life Is Not Always So Wonderful, November 14, 1999 (A&L)

A Talent for Characters You Love and/or Hate: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Flawless, November 21, 1999 (A&L)

An Innocent's Exuberant Vision Of Corruption: Ben Younger and Boiler Room, February 13, 2000 (A&L)

M. Night Shamalayan, A Director With a Sense of Where He's Going, March 12, 2000 (A&L)

Keeping Faith With High Fidelity, April 2, 2000 (A&L)

When Knickknacks Turn Into a Collective Passion, April 30, 2000 (A&L)

The Revolutionary War Is Lost on Hollywood, July 2, 2000 (A&L)

A Refreshing Curve In a Straight Summer: Mike White and Chuck and Buck, July 16, 2000 (A&L)

A Scene Stealer's Big Score: Famke Jannsen and Love and Sex, August 20, 2000 (A&L)

Making the Movie They Let You Make: Chris McQuarrie and The Way of the Gun, September 3, 2000 (A&L)

Enough About Angels: The Devil Gets His Due, September 10, 2000 (A&L)

The Blunt Appeal of Being Stupid: Post-Comedy Comedy, October 8, 2000 (A&L)

A Child's World In No Man's Land: David Gordon Green and George Washington, October 22, 2000 (A&L)

Emerging From the TV Shadows: Henry Bromell and Panic, January 14, 2001 (A&L)

Not to Say This Is a Better Movie' Than Beatty's . . .': Chris Rock and Down to Earth, The New York Times, February 11, 2001 (A&L)

Forget Voting Them Off the Island. They're Just Shot: Daniel Minahan and Series 7,February 25, 2001 (A&L)

Shaping Words Into an Oscar: Six Writers Who Did, March 18, 2001 (A&L)

An Independent For Whom Love Is Also Wisdom: Jordan Walker-Pearlman and The Visit, April 15, 2001 (A&L)

Teenagers' Traumas, Without the Clichés: John Stockwell and Crazy/Beautiful, July 1, 2001 (A&L)

Larry Clark, Moralist, In the Florida Suburbs: Larry Clark and Bully, July 8, 2001 (A&L)

From Insights In a Foxhole To a Comedy Of Manners: Edward Burns and Sidewalks of New York, The New York Times. September 16, 2001 (A&L)

HOLIDAY FILMS: RITUALS; Redemption Is Such a Guy Thing, November 4, 2001 (A&L)

The Verdict He Heeds Is His Own: Campbell Scott and Final: December 2, 2001 (A&L)

War, Without Any Answers: Ridley Scott and Black Hawk Down, December 16, 2001 (A&L)

'Macbeth,' Droll and Deep Fried: Billy Morrissette and Scotland, PA, February 3, 2002 (A&L)

'A Matter of Elimination': Bringing Books to the Screen: March 10, 2002 (Arts & Leisure)

A Man of Action Who Finds Power in Stillness: Samuel L. Jackson and Changing Lanes, April 14, 2002 (A&L)

One for the Scooby Cognoscenti, May 12, 2002 (A&L)

Filmmaking as a Family Affair: Chris and Paul Weitz and About A Boy, May 19, 2002 (A&L)

The Desexing of Austin Powers, September 1, 2002 (A&L)

Fresh Eye on a Jaded Slice of New York: Dylan Kidd and Roger Dodger, October 20, 2002 (A&L)

Out on the Trail With an Informal, Playful George W.: Alexandra Pelosi and Journeys With George: November 3, 2002 (A&L)

Colorblind Buddies In Black and White, November 10, 2002 (A&L)

Human, Yes, But No Less A Monster: Menno Meyjes and Max, December 22, 2002 (A&L)

For Best Short, the Winner Is . . . Forgotten?, March 9, 2003 (A&L)

Giuliani, Meet Your TV Match: James Woods and Rudolf Giuliani, March 16, 2003 (A&L)

Many More Things About Mary, Maybe Too Many, August 17, 2003 (A&L)

Near the Hudson, Studying Earth, January 11, 2004 (Westchester)

Spring: Season of Bias in Girls' Soccer? February 22, 2004 (Westchester)

Got a Beard? Don't Bother to Run. September 19, 2004 (Styles)

Investing in a Conspiracy of the Past Century, April 8, 2011

Misplaced Honor, May 28, 2013

Civil War Opinionator Series (32)

Will Lincoln Prevail? October 30, 2010

Lincoln Wins. Now What? November 7, 2010

Would the South Really Leave? November 11, 2010

A Superabundance of Velocity, November 14, 2010

Drama in Milledgeville, November 21, 2010

Off the Record, Behind the Scenes, November 28, 1010

Buchanan: Too Little, Too Late,  December 5, 2010

Will the North Compromise, Or Hold Fast?, December 12, 2010

The Government Disintegrates As the Union Dissolves, December 19, 2010

A Coup de Main in Charleston Harbor, December 26, 2010

War in the Cabinet, January 3, 2011

Is This War?, January 10, 2011

Declining War, Rejecting Peace, January 17, 2011

Showdown in Georgia, January 24, 2011

Two Out, One In, January 31, 2011

Cold Hopes, Warm Dreams, Chilly Schemes, February 6, 2011

Twin Journeys, Destination Unknown, February 13, 2011

A Tale of Two Presidents, February 20, 2011

Much Talking, Little Listening, February 27, 2011

The First Trick, March 6, 2011

A Letter from the Postmaster, March 13, 2011

Focusing on the Prize, March 20, 2011

The Choice is Charybdis, March 27, 2011

Chaos and Confusion, April 3, 2010

The Clarion Notes of Defiance, April 10, 2011

My Civil War Centennial, April 13, 2011

Virginia's Moment, April 17, 2011

Disaster, Disasterer, Disasterest, April 24, 2011

Maryland, My Maryland, May 1, 2011

The Duel, March 8, 2012

Fighting Off the Coast of France, June 20, 2014

David vs. Goliath in North Carolina, October 27, 2014
Fort Fisher I: Folly, December 25, 2014
Fort Fisher II: Fiasco, January 14, 2015

Disunion: The Final Q&A, June 10, 2015, with Ken Burns, David Blight and Adam Goodheart

What Other Symbols Should Go?, June 24, 2015, with Riche Richardson, Daryl Michael Scott, and Alcia Garza

New York Woman (1)

Street Music, September 1987.

New Media Award 2011

Parade (2)

Robert Redford: ``History Is Telling Us Something'', April 10, 2011

Headlines We'd Like to See, January 1, 2012

The Perot Periodical (1)

Ross, Where's Your Homework? Winter 1994.

Playboy (22)

What's New? April 1996.
Howie in Hollywood, April 1997.
Sex in Cinema, November 1999

Don't Worry, We Only Kill Each Other, May 2000

Do You Really Want To Be A Millonaire? August 2000

Slick Willie: A Fond Farewell, December 2000

Sex in Cinema, December 2000

Sun Rise, April 2001

Sex in Cinema, November 2001

Strange Bedfellows, December 2001

Sex in Cinema, November 2002

How to Save Your Ass in a Scandal, December 2002

You're Killing Me: The Playboy Compendium of Outlaw Humor, September 2004

Born in Brazil (unsigned), April 2005

Swedish Blondes (unsigned), September 2005

Birth of the Bikini, August 2006 (unsigned)

Party of the Year (unsigned), January 2007

State of the Union, July 2007

Party of the Year (unsigned), January 2008

Carol Alt in the Raw, December 2008

Party of the Year (unsigned), January 2009

Liars, Cheats and Thieves, April 2009

Premiere (19)

Baby, It's You, May 1988.
Fade In: Kleen Klassix, June 1988.
Fade In: Oh, Gosh, September 1988.
Hogging the Screen, December 1988.
Fade In: Auteur TV, February 1989.
Video Guide: Journalists, November 1989.
Mr. Know-It-All: Discovering Japan, November 1989.
Mr. Know-It-All: Waterlogged, December 1989.
Mr. Know-It-All: Family Plots, March 1990.
Mr. Know-It-All: Goin' South, April 1990.
Mr. Know-It-All: Trial and Error, June 1990.
Mr. Know-It-All: Fever, August 1990.
LA-DI-DA-DA-DA-DA, February 1991.
Fade In: Ride, They Said, April 1991.
Video Guide: Dead Dogs, October 1991.
Year in Review, January 2000

The Onion Goes to Hollywood, June 2001

James Bond article

Clinton Memoirs article

Reader's Digest (4)

Hope and Humor in Uniform, June 2003

Who's Funny Now?, September 2003

How Funny People Got That Way, September 2004

Don’t Take the Bait, December 2004

Rolling Stone (3)

A Review of Townes Van Zandt's At My Window, December 3, 1987

Top Hip Hop, July 13-27, 1989.

From Stand Up To Sitcom, November 2, 1989

7 Days (5)

The 44-Month Delivery, July 27, 1988 (as Joe Carpenter).
Koch & Co., March 22, 1989.
Floundering Father, May 10, 1989.
The Curse of Office Softball, July 12, 1989.
The Thrill Of It All, February 28, 1990.

Slate (1)

Monica! A Libretto in Search of a Composer, December 18, 1998

Smithsonian (5)
The Unbelievable Success of the American Steamship, February 2015
The Underappreciated Sites of the Civil War, April 2015
The Brief History of the Ferris Wheel, June 2015
Two Years Before the Mast, July 2015
Life List, September 2015

The Soho Weekly News (5)

Father to the Deed, November 5, 1980

Tony Olivieri 1941-1980, November 12, 1980

Holiday On Ice, December 23, 1980

Novel Lines From the Right, January 7, 1981

McDonald's Checks Out, February 18, 1981

Spin (3)

Once Is Enough, October 1985.
Tipper Gore's Diary, January 1986.
Jailhouse Rock, October 1986.

Sports Illustrated (3)

Spotlight: Hall of Famer Art Donovan Tackles a New Field, Television, And Scores, February 10, 1986.

All You Need to Know About the Equator, February 20, 1998

Zero Latitude, February 20, 1998


Playboy editors A.J. Baime, Chris Napolitano, Amy Grace Loyd and me, before the 2007 ASME Awards

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Spy (123)

The Fine Print, October 1986
On Second Thought, Why Don't We Just Stay In Tonight?, October 1986.
Another Thing Your Eminence, What About When I Press the ``Abort'' Button on My Computer? October 1986.
The Fine Print, November 1986
The Fine Print, December 1986
Locker Room Politics, December 1986
The Fine Print, January-February 1987
The Fine Print, March 1987
Telling It All, March 1987
The Fine Print, April 1987
Mets vs. Yanks, April 1987.
The Fine Print, May 1987
The Fine Print, June 1987
The Fine Print, July-August 1987
The Fine Print, September 1987
The Fine Print, October 1987
They, The People, October 1987
The Fine Print, November 1987
Participatory Plutocracy, November 1987
Maybelline, Why Canst Thou Be True?, November 1987
The Fine Print, December 1987

The Spy 100, December 1987 (as part of a team)
The Fine Print, January-February 1988
A Brief History of White Rap, January-February 1988
Koch's Plan for the Homeless, January-February 1988
The Fine Print, March 1988
Celebrity Sports Stats, March 1988
Key Moments in the History of Getting Organized, March 1988
The Fine Print, April 1988
The Fine Print, May 1988
The Fine Print, June 1988
The Fine Print, July-August 1988
No Pain, No Gain, July-August 1988
True Confessions, July-August 1988
The Fine Print, September 1988 (with Debbie Michel)
Fashion Tips for Fall, September 1988 (with Debbie Michel)
The Fine Print, October 1988
U Won't Have Dick Nixon 2 Kick Around, October 1988
The Fine Print, November 1988
Celebrity Brawls, November 1988
The Fine Print, December 1988
The 100 Best Issues of Rolling Stone, December 1988 (with George Kalogerakis)
It's a Wonderful Life, December 1988

The Spy 100, December 1988 (as part of a team)
The Fine Print, January-February 1989
Municipal Wrecking Crews, January-February 1989
The Fine Print, March 1989
The Fine Print, April 1989
Room at the Top, April 1989.
The Fine Print, May 1989
Profiles in Discouragement, May 1989
The Fine Print, June 1989
The Fine Print, July 1989
The Fine Print, August 1989
The Vainglorious and Salacious Memoirs of Certain Celebrated Persons, August 1989
The Fine Print, September 1989
Hizzoner!, September 1989
The Fine Print, October 1989
The Fine Print, November 1989
The Fine Print, December 1989

The Spy 100, December 1989 (as part of a team)
The Fine Print, January 1990
The State of Celebrity 1990: A Spy White Paper, January 1990
The Fine Print, February 1990
The Fine Print, March 1990
Peace on Earth--And Jeane Kirkpatrick Is Out Of A Job, March 1990
``Lights, Action, Camera--Okay, Start Snorting!'', March 1990
The Fine Print, April 1990
The Fine Print, May 1990
Cartoon: Cokie Roberts, May 1990
The Fine Print, June 1990
The Fine Print, July 1990
A Casino Too Far, August 1990
The Fine Print, September 1990
The Fine Print, October 1990
The Fine Print, November 1990
The Fine Print, December 1990

The Spy 100, December 1990 (as part of a team)
The Fine Print, January-February 1991
The Fine Print, March 1991
The Fine Print, April 1991
The Fine Print, May 1991
Cartoon: Quayle Alone, May 1991.
Spy Highexcerpt, May 1991.
The Fine Print, June 1991
When Disney Ran America, June 1991.
The Fine Print, August 1991
The Fine Print, September 1991
The Fine Print, October 1991
The Fine Print, November 1991
The Fine Print, December 1991

The Spy 100, December 1991

The Fine Print, January-February 1992

The Fine Print, March 1992.
John Sununu, What Color Is Your Parachute?, March 1992.
(unsigned)
The Fine Print, April 1992
The Fine Print, May 1992
The Fine Print, June 1992.
Missingsomething, June 1992
The Fine Print, July-August1992

The Democratic Natinal Convention New York Times Parody, July 1992

(with Jim Collins and Daniel Radosh)
The Fine Print, September 1992.
The Fine Print, October 1992.
The Fine Print, November 1992.
The Fine Print, December 1992.

The Spy 100, December 1992 (as part of a team)

The Fine Print, February 1993.
Parliament of Suckers, February 1993
When All The Razzing Stopped, February 1093

The Fine Print, March 1993.
The Fine Print, April 1993.

The Fine Print, May 1993.

The Fine Print, June 1993.

Las Adventuras de Woody y Mia: Una Photonovella Especial (with Larry Doyle), June 1993

The Fine Print, July- August 1993

The Fine Print, September 1993.

The Fine Print, January-February 1996.
The Fine Print, March-April 1996.
The Fine Print, July-August 1996.
Forget Paris? Forget France! July-August 1996.
The Loyal Flush, December 1996.
15 Things We Now Know About the Martian Microbes, Holiday 1996

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Success (11)

Pop! Goes Convention, July 2013.

Picture This: The Plaroid Photobar,  2013

Bolthouse Farms: Great Foresight, 2013

Patricia Heaton Gives Back, 2014

Fred Gehring of Tommy Hilfiger, 2014

How Will.i.am Turned Imagination into an Empire, September 2014

MaryAnne Gilmartin: How to Lead the Way to Towering Achievements, November 2014

 
How Heidi Klum Created Her Multimillion Dollar Empire, April 2014
Hal Elrod Has Died Three Times, May 2015
Bill McDermott, June 2015
The Power of Generosity, December 2015

Time (10)

Essay: Mufter The Troops!, July 7, 1997.

Humor: The Celluloid Senator: Interviewing Fred Thompson Aug. 4, 1997

Essay: Too Many Brave Souls, Nov. 17, 1997

Essay: Five Finales: How to wrap up Seinfeld? We offer some suggestions, May 4, 1998

How Hollywood Portrays Its Russians, Jul. 13, 1998

"Eyes Front! And That Means You, Sir!", Jul. 20, 1998

All the News That's Unfit, Nov. 16, 1998

"Guy Walks into a Press Briefing...", Nov. 23, 1998

Book Review: The Victors, by Stephen Ambrose, Dec. 7, 1998

Essay: I'll Take Ken Jennings' World for $400, Sep. 13, 2004

Time Digital (3)

Spy Gear, June 1997

Generation WWW, November 1997

Silicon Valley Culture

SPY TV Promo
The TV Promo


Staff of Spy, October 1987





Ex-Spys gather to celebrate Jim Collins' Beginner's Greek, January 2008: Me and (clockwise from top left) Kurt Andersen, Graydon Carter, Bruce Handy, George Kalogerakis, Anne Kreamer, Jim Collins, Lisa Birnbach and Joanne Gruber.

Reading
Reading "A Casino Too Far"

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Time's Managing Editor Rick Stengel and me

TV Guide (4)

Hannah Storm

Seinfeld Farewell

3rd Rock From the Sun

The Oscar Campaign: Wilson the Beach Ball, cartoon llustration by Chuck Gonzalez, March 10, 2001

Us (8)

Celebrity World, April 1993
Take One, May 1993.
Virtual Reality: Memo to Madonna, July 1993.
Virtual Reality: President Streisand, August 1993. (her reply is here ->)
Virtual Reality: The Jurassic Touch, September 1993.
Virtual Reality: Thespian Squad, October 1993.
Immaterial Girl, October 1993.

The 93 Greatest Stories of 1993 (as part of a team), December 1993

USA Today (2)

Alonzo Cushing's Trouble-Making Brother, November 6, 2014

Why Name Military Bases After Traitors?, June 29, 2015
Trump: He Crawled Out of the 80s, October 26, 2015

USA Weekend (33)

Catching up with Uma Thurman, October 5, 2003

Creative complaining, November 23, 2003

USA Weekend Summer Movie Preview 2004, May 9, 2004

Vin Diesel means business, June 6, 2004

The O.J. Simpson murder case: A decade later, June 6, 2004 (with John Connolly)

USA Weekend Summer Movie Preview 2005, May 1, 2005

USA Weekend Holiday Movie Preview 2005, October 30, 2005

Up From Bigotry: No Way Out, commentary by Juan Williams, March 5, 2006

USA Weekend Summer Movie Preview 2006, May 7, 2006

Cycle of violence: Munich, June 4, 2006

Re-viewing a French classic: The 400 Blows, commentary by Richard Schickel, July 2, 2006

Katrina's Wake: Film director Spike Lee and historian Douglas Brinkley both explore the storm's aftermath in their recent works. August 20, 2006

Godzilla vs. the herpetologist, September 3, 2006

USA Weekend Holiday Movie Preview 2006, November 5, 2006

Bringing Joseph to film: Oscar Issac and The Nativity, December 24, 2006

Stiletto-heeled boot camp: The Devil Wears Prada, commentary by Jade Hobson Charnin, January 14, 2007

Hail to the Chief The West Wing, commentary by Paul Begala, February 4, 2007

Every second matters: 24: Season 5, February 11, 2007

Thinking about that HDTV?, February 18, 2007

USA Weekend Holiday Movie Preview 2006, May 6, 2007

USA Weekend Holiday Movie Preview 2007, October 28, 2007

The Third Man, June 24, 2007

The Apartment, commentary by Matthew Weiner, March 23, 2008

USA Weekend Summer Movie Preview, April 18, 2008

High and Low, commentary by Joseph Finder, August 3, 2008

USA Weekend Holiday Movie Preview, October 2008

DVD Insider: David Lyon on Eagle Eye, April 12, 2009

2009 Summer Movie Round-Up, April 26, 2009

DVD Insider: Nathaniel Philbrick on Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series, August 30, 2009

USA Weekend Holiday Movie Preview 2009, October 30, 2009

50 Years of Second City, December 6, 2009

DVD Insider: Eugene Remm on Casablanca, December 6, 2009

Venus Williams Interview, February 28, 2010

V (1)

Campaign '88: The Video Ballot, October-November 1988.

Vanity Fair (4)

A Disturbing Trend, Vanity Fair, June 1985.

Red State Appeasement, October 2006

Red State Appeasement, August 2007

2015: Last Call, January 2016

The Village Voice (1)

I Am Worried About Jane

Washington Examiner (13)

Can Dean help the Democrats?, February 17, 2005
Robots replacing soldiers?, February 21, 2005
Will Bush pull us through? It’s a long shot, February 23, 2005
Royal flaps make sad English chaps, February 28, 2005
Loquacious Luntz language lessons, March 2, 2005
Ownership society? Count me out, March 6, 2005
Terrorism suspects can by guns: Are you kidding me?, March 14, 2005
More! More! More!, March 21, 2005
Consensus? What’s that?, March 24, 2005
Battle for Schiavo’s life turns ghoulish, March 28, 2005
Moral position? ... Hardly, March 30, 2005
Are corporations crazy?, April 3, 2005
Bush’s good luck overflows, April 5, 2005

Washington Journalism Review (1)

Generals Fighting the Last War, December 1992.

The Wall Street Journal (1)
A Centenary Salute to Patrick O'Brian, December 11, 2014

The Washington Monthly (44)

The Lost Roast of Gary Hart, June 1984.

POWER: The Ultimate Aphrodisiac, by Dr. Ruth Westheimer
and Dr. Steven Kaplan: a review, November 2001

Public Intellectuals: a Study in Decline, byRichard A. Posner: a review, April 2002

Cramer vs. Cramer: A review of Jim Cramer's Confessions of a Street Addict, June, 2002

Coulter Clash: A review of Ann Coulter's Slander, July-August 2002

Kibu-ki Theater: a review of Inside the Cult of Kibu and Other Tales of the Millennial Gold Rush, by Lori Gottlieb and Jesse Jacobs, Sept, 2002

Capitol Bore: A review of Worth the Fighting For, by John McCain, with Mark Salter, Nov, 2002

Still Stupid? A review of It's Still The Economy, Stupid by Paul Begala, December 2002

Geek Tragedy - A review of Starving to Death On $200 Million: The Short, Absurd Life of The Industry Standard, by James Ledbetter, Jan-Feb, 2003

RoveRage: A review of Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush by Lou Dubose, Jan Reid, Carl M. Cannon, March, 2003

Pink Pander, a review of Useful Idiots, by Mona Charen, April, 2003

Harley's Angels, a review of Born To Be Wild: A History of the American Biker and Bikes, 1947-2002 by Paul Garson & the editors of Easyriders, May, 2003

Ball Boys: why golf is the driving obsession of middle-age alpha males, June, 2003

Flights of Fancy: A Review of Air Force One: A History of Presidents and Their

Planes, by Kenneth T. Walsh, July-August, 2003

Boy Genial: A review of Tucker Carlson's Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites, September 2003

Kill Bill: a review of Richard Miniter's Losing Bin Laden, November 2003

James's Addiction: A review of James Carville's Had Enough?, December, 2003

Hollywood and Squares: A review of Alan Schroeder's Celebrity-in-Chief, March, 2004

Sailing Away: A review of William F. Buckley's Miles Gone By, October 2004

Bully Pulpit: A Review of The Hammer: Tom DeLay: God, Money, and United States Congress by Lou Dubose and Jan Reid, November 2004

Name Games: A review of Steve Rivkin & Fraser Sutherland's The Making of a Name, March, 2005

What A Way To Go: A review of Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation, April, 2005

Dear Abu, May, 2005

Follow The Refuse: A review of Elizabeth Royte's Garbage Land, September 2005

The Aging of Aquarius: A review of Leonard Steinhorn's The Greater Generation, Jan.-Feb. 2006 ( "The Aging of Aquarius" is a barbed-wire gem by Jamie Malanowski on Boomer navel-gazing. . . .This article is a must-read, so I really don't want to spoil Malanowski's killer close.''--Jeff Chang, cantstopwontstop.com, January 23, 2006)

Kill Hill: A Review of John Podhoretz's Can She Be Stopped?, May 2006

The Loud Mouth: what Aristotle would like about Michael Moore: A review of Forgive Us Our Spins, by Jesse Larner, November 2006

America the Ornery: A review of Peter Wood's A Bee in the Mouth, July 2007

A Sunday Manifesto: A Review of Craig Harline's Sunday: A History of the First Day From Babylonia to the Super Bowl, May 2007

Sorry, That's Classified: A Review of Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President by Stephen F. Hayes, October 2007

Anthropolitics: A Review of Dana Milbank's Homo Politicus, December 2007

Review of One Helluva Ride by Liz Clarke, February 2008

Pacifist Aggressive, a review of Human Smoke by Nicholson Baker, April 2008

Roman a Scumbag, a review of Dark Horse by Ralph Reed, July 2008

Setup on K street: sting operations on sleazeball lobbyists aren't what they used to be, a review of Turkmeniscam, by Ken Silverstein, August-Oct, 2008

Guacamole On Your Shorts: A Review of The Billion Dollar Game by Allen St. John, January-February 2009

Coke and Me: A Review of Belching Out the Devil, by Mark Thomas, July 2009

Big Bother: How a Million Surveillance Cameras in London Are Proving George Orwell Wrong, November-December 2009

I Want All for Christmas: A Review of Hank Stuever's Tinsel, January-February 2010

A Trip Down Memory Lane: A Review of Fred Thompson's Teaching the Pig to Dance,  May-June 2010

Valley Forged: A Review of Ben Tarnoff's Money Makers, January-February 2011

The Searchers: A Review of Douglas Edwards' I'm Feeling Lucky: Confessions of Google Employee Number 59,  July-August 2011.

When Giants Roamed the Earth: A Review of Stewart Pinkerton's The Fall of the House of Forbes, November/ December 2011.

The New Nixon: A Review of Thomas Mallon's Watergate. May/June 2012

Broken in Hoboken: A Review of Killing the Poormaster, by Holly Metz,September/October 2012

The Incurious Investigator: A Review of Terry Lenzner's The Investigator The Washington Monthly, September/October 2013

 

The Washington Post (9)

I Hear America Chatting, Outlook, November 8, 1992.
Please Mr. Packwood, Outlook, February 14, 1993.
At Play in the Fields of the Bored, Outlook, April 4,
1993.
Take My President--Please, Outlook, May 30, 1993.
Beach Blanket Bureaucrats, Outlook, August 29,
1993.
Racists for Feminism! Outlook, February 1994.

Heroes Once More, a review of Rome 1960 by David Maraniss, July 20, 2008

Behind Every Rock, A Bush, a review of Family of Secrets by Russ Baker, January 11, 2009

Review: ``Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union,'' October 25, 2013 

Westchester Magazine (1)

Straight Shooting, March 2009

 • MISCELLANEOUS

Outlook for Broadway: Making Sense of the Mayor's Theatre Advisory Council Proposals, for the foundation Exploring the Metropolis, 1986

Liner Notes for Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally), by Various Artists, Rhino Records Anthology, 2002

Mein Doll, unpblished article collected in Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot to Print

• ANTHOLOGIES IN WHICH MY ARTICLES HAVE BEEN INCLUDED

The Premiere Guide to Movies on Video, edited by Howard Karren (1991)

Mirth of a Nation, Volume II: The Best Contemporary Humor, edited by Michael J. Rosen (2002)

Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot To Print, edited by David Wallis (2004)

Spy: The Funny Years, by Kurt Andersen, Graydon Carter and George Kalogerakis (2006)

The Fun Never Stops!: An Anthology of Comic Art 1991-2006, by Drew Friedman, Daniel Clowes, and Ben Schwartz (2006)

The Playboy Book of True Crime (2007)

Lincoln: A President for the Ages, edited by Karl Weber (2012)

Disunion, from The New York Times, edited by Ted Widmer (2013)

Inside the Red Border, from Time Magazine, edited by Howard Chua-Eon (2013)

The Day Kennedy Died, from the Editors of Life (2013)

 • READINGS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Reading, The Writer's Voice Presents Hard Times: An Evening of Readings by Spy Writers, with Ann Hodgeman, Roy Blount Jr. and others, March 14, 1991

Reading, The Writer's Voice Presents Looking Back with Terror: Readings by Humorists from SPY Magazine, with Kurt Andersen, Henry Alford, James Collins, Joe Queenan and others, March 19, 1992

Interviewer of Bart Freundlich, director of the film World Traveler at its premiere at the City University of New York Graduate Center, March 26, 2002.

Reading, with David Wallis, Eric Hedegaard and others, from Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot To Print, Barnes & Noble Astor Place, New York NY, July 2004
Judge, ASME Awards, 2007

Reading from The Coup, The Pleasantville Bookshop, Pleasantville NY, July 21, 2007

Reading from The Coup, Borders, Washington DC, July 24, 2007

Reading from The Coup, Barnes & Noble Astor Place, New York, August 14, 2007

Guest lecturer in Mass Media, Westchester Community College, Valhalla NY, September 21, 2007

Reading from The Coup, Robin's Bookstore, Philadelphia, November 3, 2007; introduction by Duane Swierczynski

Reading from The Coup, sponsored by BriCA (The Briarcliff Committee for the Arts), at the Mansion at Rosecliff in Briarcliff Manor NY, with a reading by Ben Cheever fromStrides, and performances by Steven Santiago, Uly Millan and the Lubin Singers, April 13, 2008 .

Keynote Speaker, The 2008 Marymount Manhattan Writers' Conference, June 5, 2008

Humor Panel Participant, The 2009 Marymount Writers' C0nference, June 4, 2009, with Bruce Jay Friedman, Patty Marx, Ben Cheever and Tony Hendra

Adjunct Faculty, How to Write for Magazines, Marymount Manhattan College, Spring 2009

Adjunct Faculty, Writing in a New Environment, Marymount Manhattan College, Spring 2010

Editors' Panel Participant, The 2010 Marymount Writers' C0nference, June 3, 2010

Moderator, Panel, The Kings and Queens of Suspense, featuring Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Lawrence Block and Alan Furst, Hunter College, October 14, 2010

 

Moderator, Panel, Times Talks: Disunion, featuring Ken Burns, David Blight andAdam Goodheart, April 4, 2011. To listen to this talk, go to Ftp.nytimes.com, User name: 21promo. Password: promo21.

Blogosphere Panel Participant, The 2011 Hunter College Writers' C0nference, June 4, 2011, with Patty Marx and Jesse Kornbluth

 

Speaker, Briarcliff Manor Historical Society, January 8, 2012. Topic: Was the Civil War Inevitable?

Speaker, Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York, February 15, 2011. Topic: The Monitor and the Merrimack

Speaker, The Group, Pleasantville NY, March 18, 2012. Topic: Was the Civil War Inevitable?

Speaker, Ossining Historical Society, June 2, 2012. Topic: Was the Civil War Inevitable?

MEMBERSHIPS
American Society of Magazine Editors
Hudson Valley Writers' Center
Briarcliff Manor Council on the Arts

• BOOKS WHERE I’VE BEEN CITED

What Liberal Media?: The Truth About Bias and the News by Eric Alterman

Black Power, White Wealth: The Search for Power and Economic Justice, by Claud Anderson

Ecoterror: The Violent Agenda to Save Nature, by Ron Arnold

Quip City, by Howard Baldwin

Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture, by Clay Calvert

Hollywood Films About Schools: Where Race, Politics and Education Intersect, by Ronald E. Chennault

The World's Best Celebrities, by Jonathan Harchick

The Popular Music Teaching Handbook, by B. Lee Cooper and Rebecca Condon

Popular Culture in American History (Blackwell Readers in American Social and Cultural History) by Jim Cullen

The Second-Person Standpoint: Morality, Respect, and Accountability by Stephen Darwall

The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink by Mark Dery

Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture, by Craig Detweiler and Barry Taylor

Film and Television After 9/11 by Wheeler Winston Dixon

Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality by Neal Gabler

Action Figures: Men, Action Films, and Contemporary Adventure Narratives by Mark Gallagher

The New Mainstream: How the Multicultural Consumer is Transforming American Business, by Guy Garcia

Mansion on the Hill by Fred Goodman

Pray Ball! The Spiritual Insights of a Jewish Sports Fan, by James Gordon

Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement by Robert Gottlieb

Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America, by Bambi Haggins

Casanova Was A Book Lover, by John Maxwell Hamilton

Larry Clark, by Billy Hayden

Shadow President: Ted Kennedy in Opposition by Burton Hersh

A Roomful of Mirrors: High School Reunions in Middle America, by Keiko Ikeda

In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post Civil Rights Era, by Richard Iton

Rap Music and Street Consciousness (Music in American Life) by Cheryl L. Keyes

Walking a Literary Labyrinth, by Nancy M. Malone

Jack's Life: A Biography of Jack Nicholson by Patrick McGilligan

The Thinker's Thesaurus, by Peter E. Meltzer

History and September 11th, by Joanne Meyerowitz

Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don't Follow the News by David T. Z. Mindich

Vamps & Tramps: New Essays by Camille Paglia

Bad: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen, by Murray Pomerance
Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America by Jennifer Price

Madonnica: The Woman & The Icon From A To Z by Matthew Rettenmund

Environmental Management: Readings and Cases, by Michael V. Russo

Hollywood & War A Film Reader (In Focus--Routledge Film Readers) by J. David Slocum

Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion and Antebellum America, by Elisa Tamarkin

Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy by Janet Wasko

Wes Craven: The Man and His Nightmares, by John Wooley

Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema, by S. Craig Watkins

 

Theatre World 1994-1995, Vol. 51 (Theatre World) by John Willis

Theatre World, 1997-1998, Vol. 54 (Theatre World) by John Willis