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 29, 2014

Democratic Weather

David Bouchier

Part of our eternal fascination with the weather is that we can do nothing about it, least of all predict it. The arbitrariness of the weather led our ancestors to assume that it was sent by capricious gods to annoy or punish mere mortals, or perhaps just for entertainment. This theory has persisted for thousands of years, and it makes sense to me. Weather forecasting, in spite of satellites and computers and sophisticated modeling techniques, remains almost as fallible as stock market forecasting.

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David Bouchier
2:57 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

David Bouchier's Christmas Pudding Recipe

An Authentic Victorian Christmas Pudding Recipe

From David Bouchier’s grandmother, who was born in 1884 (the 47th year of Queen Victoria’s Reign)

From Sunday Matinee : December 21, 2014

Ingredients

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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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