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 December 22, 2014

The Gift Relationship

David Bouchier

Proverbial wisdom tells us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. But this doesn't make much sense. When it comes to gifts most of us would much prefer to be on the receiving side. Gift giving is so complicated. It may be good for the soul but it involves shopping, choosing, paying for and wrapping your choice, and standing in line at the post office, and hoping you haven't made a dreadful mistake. A single gift can take hours to accomplish, which is why some people start buying them in January.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Write Yourself A Letter

David Bouchier

The Holiday greeting cards are coming in, each one with a message of goodwill printed inside. They are a fine way of keeping in touch with friends and family, but not as heartwarming or as intimate as a proper letter. A letter is like a hug, but a greeting card is like a casual wave across a crowded room. An electronic card is more like a flash of headlights on a busy highway, signaling: "I know you're there, sorry I can't stop."

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon December 8, 2014

A Fabulous Bargain

David Bouchier

Public libraries are one of the world's two greatest bargains, and one of the best human inventions - better than Interstate highways, better than WalMart, better even than schools. Because schools narrow down the learning process, and libraries open it up. I would even go so far as to say that libraries are more important to the future of this country than the NFL and the NRA put together, although I know this is sacrilege.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Not The Life And Soul Of The Party

David Bouchier

It's the first day of December, Thanksgiving is behind us, and we are entering the party season. The liquor stores are fully stocked, and State Police officers are sharpening their pencils ready for a bumper crop of DWIs. Here comes the once-a-year excuse to let your hair down (if you still have any) and travel back to the days when a party was something to remember, something that the ancient Romans would have recognized as a party – the kind that ended with a large number of casualties and sometimes destroyed entire buildings.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Happy Turkey

David Bouchier

We are taught to believe that Thanksgiving celebrates the first harvest gathered by the Pilgrims in the autumn of 1621. The story goes that they feasted for three days on turkeys and fruit given to them by the Indians. This doesn't sound very plausible to me. The Pilgrims, after all, were British, and the British only eat turkey at Christmas.

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