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.


David Bouchier 9/1/14
9:36 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Hard Labor

For most American families Labor Day is not about the history of the American Trade Union movement, but that’s what it was about for a hundred years. Labor Day is supposed to celebrate the dignity of labor, but how that tradition has faded.  For several years the traditional Labor Day march in New York was canceled due to security concerns or lack of interest. It has been revived as a shadow of its former self, but more like an all-purpose carnival. Only about one in ten Americans now belongs to a union.

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David Bouchier 8/25/14
8:03 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Tourism by the Numbers

August brought the tourists flocking back to the south of France like swallows returning to San Capistrano. The roads were full of little Dutch caravans going at forty miles an hour, and big Mercedes with Belgian plates going at a hundred and te

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David Bouchier 8/11/14
8:30 am
Mon August 11, 2014

On the Beach

There's something magnetic about the sea. A third of all Americans choose to live on or near the coast, even though there are vast empty spaces with plenty of parking out in the middle of the country. We are especially lucky on Long Island. Because the island is just a narrow finger of sand, getting narrower with every storm, we are never far from a beach, just as we are never far from a pizza.

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David Bouchier 8/4/14
7:51 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Where Am I?

When I need to find my way around in this complicated world my navigation system, which has always served me well, consists of a collection of tattered maps and street guides, some of them dating back to the 1960s, and a small pocket compass that points randomly in all directions.

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David Bouchier 7/28/14
8:20 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Hurry Up and Wait

In the midst of the endless summer we finally have the time to spend doing the things we really love. Or at least we have the time if nobody steals it from us. The theft of time has become almost as much of an epidemic as the theft of smart phones. I don’t have a smart phone, so that’s not something I need to worry about. But I do have a small and diminishing amount of time, which I would rather not lose, and the world seems full of people who want to snatch it away.

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