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 March 9, 2015

No Time To Lose

David Bouchier.

Daylight Saving Time is an illusion, of course. We can't save daylight, any more than we can save time itself. Barring some massive disruption in the solar system, there will be exactly as much daylight as there ever was, and time will keep ticking along at its usual relentless pace. But this ritual of changing the hour always reminds me just how many clocks we have around the house, and how much time we waste re-setting them all twice a year, especially since clocks and watches became so complicated. It used to be easy.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon March 2, 2015

We'll Do This Later

David Bouchier.

It's almost too soon to mention the fact that National Procrastination Week began yesterday, but one day late is better than nothing.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon February 23, 2015

The Philosophy Of Winter

David Bouchier

If there is any positive benefit to be had out of winter it is benefit of a purely philosophical kind. That is to say that winter, which is so unpleasant physically, may have something to teach us intellectually. Let's consider, as we begin the last week of February, what we can learn from winter that will improve our frozen minds.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon February 16, 2015

I Cannot Tell A Lie

David Bouchier

On President's Day we naturally think about George Washington - soldier, statesman, first President, and patriotic icon. In the days when history was taught in schools, every child knew the story of George Washington and the cherry tree. Young George, running amok with a chainsaw, lopped off one of his father's favorite trees. When accused of the crime, the boy is supposed to have said: "Father, I cannot tell a lie," and confessed.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Romance, Wholesale And Retail

David Bouchier

February is not the right time for romance, but we have no choice. The unstoppable Valentine juggernaut is heading straight at us. Some people may have a hard time getting in the mood, especially if it starts snowing again.

Fortunately, there's a whole industry dedicated to being romantic for us, so we don't have to. Florists, restaurant owners and card manufacturers have the whole business under control. Romance can be accomplished with a couple of phone calls and a quick trip to the local card store.

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