David Bouchier


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.

Taxed To The Limit

Apr 13, 2015

This is the week when it becomes clear that “Government by the people” actually means “Government paid for by the people.” In the shadow of April 15 we are all preparing to make our involuntary contributions towards another year of government, no matter what it costs, and of course we should feel wonderful about that.

I always enjoy watching other people at work, especially if they know what they are doing and I don't, which is often the case. There is something fascinating about the interior mechanism of a dishwasher or the mysterious web of wires inside an electrical fuse box. We depend on these devices, and we ought to understand them, but usually we have to call in a technician of some kind when things go wrong. Competent technicians are hard to find and expensive to hire.

How Am I Doing?

Mar 23, 2015

The plumber came to our house the other day to do a small repair, and almost as soon as he got back in his truck I received an e-mail from the company asking us to rate our satisfaction with his promptness, his work, and his attitude (but not, I noticed, the bill). The house was not knee deep in water, and what more can you ask of a plumber? I gave him an A.

Losing The Language

Mar 16, 2015

The English language is always in decline. People have been complaining about it for five hundred years, ever since the translators of the King James Bible finished creating their masterpiece, and Shakespeare put down his quill and went into retirement. But the decline has speeded up. We seem to be losing our grasp of English in several different ways.

No Time To Lose

Mar 9, 2015

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.