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 November 17, 2014

A Warm Welcome

David Bouchier

Hospitality – what a wonderful warm, evocative word that is. One of the most basic obligations of a civilized society is to provide hospitality to strangers. The only problem is that most of those who arrive at this time of year are not strangers. In spite of the growth of the hotel industry many folks still feel obliged to provide free accommodation for their nearest and dearest, ignoring local ordinances about overcrowding, as well as violating the Constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

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David Bouchier 11/10/14
7:40 am
Mon November 10, 2014

The Way We Were

David Bouchier

This is the season of reunions and homecomings. Families come together for Thanksgiving and The Holidays, and for those who don't have a family, or don't like the one they have, there are many other ways of revisiting the past and renewing old ties.

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David Bouchier 11/10/14
7:40 am
Mon November 10, 2014

The Way We Were

This is the season of reunions and homecomings.  Families come together for Thanksgiving and The Holidays, and for those who don’t have a family, or don’t like the one they have, there are many other ways of revisiting the past and renewing old ties.

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David Bouchier 11/3/14
9:05 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Politics and Language

It is always a waste of time to suggest that: "Everybody should see this" or "Everybody should read that," because "Everybody" pays absolutely no attention. But I'll make an exception in this case. In an election season, everybody should read or re-read George Orwell's essay "Politics and the English Language." It doesn’t take long, perhaps ten minutes to absorb the whole thing, and it works like a kind of linguistic flu shot. Next time a toxic cloud of political rhetoric comes your way you will find to your surprise and relief that you are completely immune.

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David Bouchier 10/27/14
8:48 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Reflections of a Recovering Runner

Yesterday our quiet neighborhood was enlivened by the appearance of hundreds of runners, taking part in a ten kilometer run to raise money for charity. I was able to watch the scene with great benevolence and without nostalgia because my running days are long past.

I caught running in 1977 during a year I spent at the University of California in Santa Cruz. It was drifting in the warm air like a virus, and my resistance was low. After many happy decades of avoiding all forms of artificial exercise I started to run, or at least to jog.

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