David Bouchier

Sunday Matinee host, commentator

David began as a print journalist in London and taught at a British university for almost twenty years. After coming to the United States in 1986 he continued to teach and to publish a regular humor column in The New York Times regional edition.  He joined WSHU as a weekly commentator in 1992, becoming host of Sunday Matinee in 1996. His latest book of essays, Peripheral Vision, was published in 2011. His other books include A Few Well Chosen Words, The Song of Suburbia, The Cats and the Water Bottles, The Accidental Immigrant and Writer at Work. He lives in Stony Brook, New York with his wife who is a professor at Stony Brook University, and two un-musical cats.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Perilous Planet

David Bouchier

Wednesday will be Earth Day. So what should we do? Back in the 1970s, when Earth Day began, the answer was fairly simple: plant a tree, raise consciousness, promote cleaner air and water. It was a ritual of purification and celebration, a feel good day.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Taxed To The Limit

David Bouchier

This is the week when it becomes clear that “Government by the people” actually means “Government paid for by the people.” In the shadow of April 15 we are all preparing to make our involuntary contributions towards another year of government, no matter what it costs, and of course we should feel wonderful about that.

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David Bouchier
12:34 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

The Real Working Class

David Bouchier

I always enjoy watching other people at work, especially if they know what they are doing and I don't, which is often the case. There is something fascinating about the interior mechanism of a dishwasher or the mysterious web of wires inside an electrical fuse box. We depend on these devices, and we ought to understand them, but usually we have to call in a technician of some kind when things go wrong. Competent technicians are hard to find and expensive to hire.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon March 23, 2015

How Am I Doing?

David Bouchier

The plumber came to our house the other day to do a small repair, and almost as soon as he got back in his truck I received an e-mail from the company asking us to rate our satisfaction with his promptness, his work, and his attitude (but not, I noticed, the bill). The house was not knee deep in water, and what more can you ask of a plumber? I gave him an A.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Losing The Language

David Bouchier.

The English language is always in decline. People have been complaining about it for five hundred years, ever since the translators of the King James Bible finished creating their masterpiece, and Shakespeare put down his quill and went into retirement. But the decline has speeded up. We seem to be losing our grasp of English in several different ways.

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