Jeanie Bueller Saves Herself

My friend Audrey and I often text silly GIFs and pop culture memes back and forth, trying to out gun one another on the GIF-draw with our speed and cleverness—the obscurer reference the better. It’s a small game that brings me a bit of joy I can wedge between myself and whatever latest development has…

Humor to the Rescue: Carrie Fisher

Happy days are here again The skies above are clear again So let’s sing a song of cheer again Happy days are here again! A recording of Carrie Fisher singing the song, “Happy Days Are Here Again” plays through the theater to open her 2010 one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, based on her best-selling book of…

Even Longfellow Got the Blues

Every neighborhood has a party house. In the quiet, tree-lined streets just blocks away from Harvard University in the 1850s, that house was the Longfellow’s. Celebrated poet and Harvard professor, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sure knew how to throw those ragers. On any given Saturday night, you might arrive with a bottle of wine and a…

Thoreau Back

I spend twenty minutes wandering around a paved path that loops up over several short grassy hills trying to find “Author’s Ridge,” the plateau where Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau are buried. There is big nineteenth-century nerd energy here in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord Massachusetts. Designed…