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159 Nantasket Rd.
Hull, MA 02045
781-773-1115 (Primary)
steve.silberberg@alum.mit.edu

Air Sickness Bag Museum


781-773-1115 (Primary)
curator@airsicknessbags.com
http://www.airsicknessbags.com/
I have over 2100 Air Sickness Bags. Perhaps the largest collection in the continental United States and the 10th largest collection in the world

Fatpacking


159 Nantasket Rd.
Hull, MA 02045
781-773-1115 (Primary)
steve@fatpacking.com
http://www.fatpacking.com
Fatpacking escorts clients on weight-loss wilderness backpacking vacations.

Articles About Me: Internet

Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) , Q & A with advice from the experts that recommend re-launching Fitpacking differently to appeal to millennials , (view) , (web) , "Your business clicks with boomers, so how to target the younger consumer?" , By James Heyman , Page D2 , March 6, 2017

JohnLagoudakis.com , I am featured in an article about who to use for Domain Names. , (web) , "Domain Registrar Reviews" , By John Lagoudakis , February 23, 2017

NAV Blog , I am the featured subject in a post about my entrepreneurial journey , (web) , "How This Entrepreneur Turned His Love of Backpacking into a Full-Time Gig" , By Ashley Sweren , February 14, 2017

Credit Karma , I am featured in an article about romantic dates. , (web) , "5 romantic (but thrifty) gift ideas to delight your partner" , By Allison Kade , February 13, 2017

Kununu Blog , I am quoted in an article regarding misconceptions about working from home. , (web) , "30 Experts Share The Most Common Misconceptions About Working From Home" , By Linda Le Phan , February 8, 2017

Healthline , I am quoted in an article about how long it takes to get in shape , (web) , "How Long Does It Take to Get in Shape?" , By Shawn Radcliffe , February 3, 2017

Access Development (not MS Access) Blog , I am featured in a blog post about Customer Loyalty , (web) , "EIGHT REAL-LIFE EXAMPLES OF BUSINESSES GOING THE EXTRA MILE TO WIN CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT AND LOYALTY" , By Brandon Carter , January 31, 2017

NBC News , I am quoted in an article about de-regulation , (web) , "Small Businesses Optimistic, Anxious, About Deregulations Under Trump" , By Nicole Spector , January 30, 2017

FitSmallBusiness.com , I am quoted in an article about Sales Promotion Ideas , (web) , "Top 20 Sales Promotion Ideas from the Pros" , By Priyanka Prakash , Page #10 , January 17, 2017

Piran Café Blog , The Air Sickness Bag Museum was mentioned in the blog entry , (web) , "2016 Airsickness Bag Collection Update" , By Bob Ramsak , December 30, 2016

Creative Click Media , I was featured in a Tweetable blog entry about New Year's Resolutions , (web) , "New Year’s Resolutions for Business: 2017 Edition" , By Olivia Garrison , Page #7 , December 30, 2016

CNBC Make It , As founder of Fitpacking, I was interviewed in an article about Government Regulation , (web) , "4 reasons some small businesses owners are actually grateful for regulation" , By Catherine Clifford , December 16, 2016

The Hip Horticulturist , I am quoted in an article about tips for aspiring entrepreneurs , (web) , "20 TIPS FOR ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS" , By Hannah Moore , Page #9 , November 10, 2016

Recruiter.com , I am featured in an article about staying productive when unemployed , (web) , "Recruiter Top 10: Ways to Stay Productive When You’re Unemployed" , Page #4 , November 4, 2016

Digital Trends , I was quoted in an article about a combination tent and hammock , (web) , "Sleep Above the Fray (and rocks) in Kammock's Elegant Tent-Hammock Hybrid" , By Simon Cohen , October 18, 2016

Men's Health , I was featured and quoted in an article about prostate health , (web) , "Ben Stiller Says a Prostate Test Saved His Life—but Should You Really Get One?" , By Cindy Kuzma , October 4, 2016

FitSmallBusiness.com , I am quoted in an article about the worst interview questions to ask , (web) , "Top 25 Worst Interview Questions to Ask" , By Jaqueline Thomas , Page #2 , August 22, 2016

The Beginner Internet Business Podcast , I am featured in a podcast about Fitpacking , (web) , "Turning a Passion for the Outdoors into a Successful Business" , By Jonathan Taylor , July 9, 2016

LetsTalkMarketing Podcast , A half hour podcast interview about Fitpacking , (watch/listen) , "Interview with Steve Silberberg, CEO of Fitpacking" , July 8, 2016

SmartFile Blog , I am quoted in an article about the advantages and disadvantages of FTP clients , (web) , "The Advantages and Disadvantages of FTP Clients" , By Victoria Shaw , June 14, 2016

NAV Blog , I was quoted in an article about preparing for the off-season in a seasonal business , (web) , "How to Prep Your Business for the Summer Rush … or the Summer Slump" , By Lydia Roth , Page #1 , June 8, 2016

Smartfile.com , Smartfile.com quoted me in their Blog about interview questions for software developers: , (web) , "8 Questions to Hiring Your Dream Software Developer" , By Jennifer Yeadon , Page #8 , June 3, 2016

Bob Carries On Blog , Top 10 air sickness bag websites mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Airsickness bags — Top ten websites for collectors, and their few friends" , By Bob Payne , April 28, 2016

Bob Carries On Blog , Blog about barf bags features the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Airsickness Bags: Everything you need to know, but were afraid to ask" , By Bob Payne , April 25, 2016

Recruiter.com , I am featured in an article about how to determine whether a business idea is good or not , (web) , "9 Ways to Determine Whether or Not Your Business Idea Is a Good One" , April 21, 2016

EMI Network , I am profiled in the EMI Network blog about starting and building Fitpacking , (web) , "FITPACKING: FROM CUBICLE TO CONTENTMENT" , By Jennifer Scroggins , April 20, 2016

VocationVillage.com , I am featured in an article about turning your hobby into a career , (web) , "Advice on Turning Money-Making Hobbies Into Careers" , By Janet Scarborough Civitelli , April 19, 2016

Reviews.com , I was quoted in an article about the best credit card processors. , (web) , "The Best Credit Card Processors" , March 30. 2016

Modis Blog , I am featured re-telling a career anecdote about not getting the job. , (web) , "3 REASONS WHY YOU DIDN’T GET THE JOB OFFER" , By MOIRA ALEXANDER , Page #3 , March 23, 2016

How Stuff Works Now , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is featured and I'm quoted in an article about collecting barf bags , (web) , "Pass the Barf Bag If You're Not Going to Use It" , By Kate Kershner , March 4, 2016

MyCorporation Blog , I was quoted about the challenges of scaling Fitpacking , (web) , "Experts Weigh In: How are you growing your business?" , By Deborah Sweeney , March 1, 2016

Wall Street Journal , I am quoted in an article about Barf Bags , (web) , "Memento of Air Travel’s Golden Age: the Barf Bag" , By Matthew Dalton , February 28, 2016

TheStreet , I was quoted in an article about Baby Boomers and retirement , (web) , "Why Baby Boomers Are Not Retiring" , By Robert McGarvey , February 27, 2016

The New York Times , An article about staying active in retirement mentions Fitpacking , (web) , "Goodbye, Golf Clubs. Hello, Hiking Boots and Kayak." , By Abby Ellin , January 15, 2016

Business News Daily , This article features Fitpacking. The idea of the article is that a single photo represents the business. , (web) , "Small Business Snapshot: Fitpacking" , By Brittney Helmrich , January 14, 2016

JP Morgan Chase and Co. , Article features Fitpacking infrastructure upgrades , (web) , "Revamp Your Business For the New Year" , By Tim Beyers , December 23, 2015

BBC , I am featured in an article about having the dream job, even if the pay is awful. , (web) , "It's your dream job but the pay is a nightmare" , By Kate Ashford , December 13, 2015

Levo Blog , I was quoted in an article about how to network , (web) , "How to Make Your Networking Conversations More Meaningful" , By Kelsey Manning , December 3, 2015

Spark Business IQ , I am quoted in an article about converting credit card terminals to EMV , (web) , "Technology & Small Business—Changed Payment Technologies" , By Nancy Mann Jackson , November 30, 2015

Self Lender Blog , I am quoted in an article about alternative Thanksgiving travel destinations , (web) , "4 Alternative Adventures to take this Thanksgiving Break" , November 5, 2015

SpareFoot Self Storage Blog , I am featured and quoted with a tip about storing sleeping bags. , (web) , "How To Store Camping Gear: 8 Tips" , By Cathie Ericson , October 23, 2015

Develop Good Habits , I am quoted in an article giving my number 1 health habit , (web) , "Experts Share Their No 1 Health Habit" , Page #7 , October 5, 2015

AllProWebTools , I was profiled as an entrepreneur who turned a passion into a business , (web) , "How 4 Entrepreneurs Turned Hobbies into Successful Businesses" , By Andrea Lotz , Page 3 , September 21, 2015

Advance Auto Parts Blog , The Air Sickness Bag Museum gets sizeable press as an offbeat vehicle related collection , (web) , "Offbeat Car-Related Collections" , September 16, 2015

Aero Telegraph , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is mentioned in an article about sickbag history , (web) , "Warum die Kotztüte jeden Sparkurs überlebt" , By Anna Baumbach , August 14, 2015

UK Telegraph (United Kingdom) , Travel section article features the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Air sickness bags: a short history" , By Hugh Morris , August 20, 2015

GottaBeMobile.com , I am quoted in an article about iPhones and welfare recipients. , (web) , "The Surprising Reasons iPhones and Welfare Go Together" , By Josh Smith , August 7, 2015

The Weather Channel Website , I am quoted about how hiking is good for you. , (web) , "35 Fitness Adventures for Your Bucket List" , By Annie Hauser , July 29, 2015

MyCorporation Blog , I am quoted in an article about customer retention for Fitpacking. , (web) , "Experts Weigh In: How do you build long-term relationships with your customers?" , By Deborah Sweeney , July 28, 2015

Stacking Benjamins , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is mentioned as a collection the author doesn't understand , (web) , "Barf Bags, Hard Rock Glasses and Beatles’ Records – Investing in Collectibles" , By Joe Saul-Sehy , July 23, 2015

Smart Business Funding , Fitpacking quote is featured in this article about Business Growing Pains , (web) , "Business Growing Pains: What We Can Learn from Them" , By Noella Schink , July 16, 2015

Entrepreneurs & Business Owners Community , I am featured in a blog post about tips for success in business. , (web) , "25 Tips to Help New Business Owners Achieve Success" , By Jonathan Long , Page #4 , July 15, 2015

CEO Blog Nation , Fitpacking shares why it is unique , (web) , "30 Entrepreneurs Share What Makes Their Business Unique" , By Gresham Harkness , Page #22 , July 10, 2015

CEO Blog Nation , Article about what being an Entrepreneur means to me , (web) , "54 Entrepreneurs Explain What Entrepreneurship Means to Them" , Page #18 , July 7, 2015

Unleash Your Potential Podcast , I was interviewed by Jon Tasch about Fitpacking for the Unleash Your Potential Podcast. , (watch/listen) , "Do What You Love and Get Paid Doing It" , By Jon Tasch , June 22, 2015

Airline Passenger Experience , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is featured in an article about Barf Bags , (web) , "Fad Nauseum" , By Katie Sehl , Page 68-72 , May 8, 2015

GoBankingRates.com , An article about giving up a 6 figure income to pursue your passion features me. , (web) , "4 People Who Turned Down 6-Figure Salaries for Their Passions" , By Paul Sisolak , May 8, 2015

Trulia , I am quoted in an article about breaking your lease , (web) , "Break Your Lease Without Losing a Buck" , By Mallory Carra , March 16, 2015

Gemr.com , Gemr interviews me about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (watch/listen) , "YOU COLLECT WHAAAT!?" , By Dan Sullivan , March 11, 2015

Mother Nature Network , I am mentioned and linked in an article about Air Sickness Bag collecting , (web) , "10 wonderfully weird collections" , By Matt Hickman , February 26, 2015

El Mercurio (Chile) , Article about reinventing yourself features Fitpacking , (web) , "Reinventarse: la clave en tiempos dificiles" , January 31, 2015

USA Today , Article about vacations that get you fit features Fitpacking , (web) , "Find a thinner, stronger you on your next vacation" , By Christine Sarkis , January 29, 2015

Carol Roth Blog , I am quoted in an article about business New Years Resolutions , (web) , "New Year’s Business Resolutions for 2015" , By Carol Roth , Page #53 , January 13, 2015

About.com Travel , Fitpacking is featured in an article about where to get fit in Colorado , (web) , "Where to Lose Weight and Get Fit in Colorado" , By Kara Williams , January 10, 2015

Nerd Wallet , I am quoted / featured in an article about realistic New Years Resolutions , (web) , "5 Realistic New Year’s Resolutions" , By Alice Holbrook , January 6, 2015

All Things Aero , A feature article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "The Air Sickness Bag Virtual Museum" , By Ric Peterson , December 22, 2014

Slate , I am quoted in an article about motion sickness because of the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Whither the Barf Bag?" , By Daniel Engber , December 21, 2014

Vend Blog , I was featured in an article about customer insights for your business , (web) , "4 Customer-Centric Questions You Should Be Asking (and How to Get Answers)" , By Francesca Nicasio , December 15, 2014

CIO.com , I was quoted in an article about Online Business New Year's resolutions. , (web) , "7 Resolutions Online Businesses Should Make for 2015" , By Jennifer Lonoff Schiff , December 10, 2014

Jumpstart Magazine (Hong Kong) , I was quoted in an article about business lessons learned in 2014 , (web) , "What Business Lessons Did You Learn in 2014?" , Page 12 , November / December 2014

LinkedIn , I am featured in an article about returning to a previous job. , (web) , "When Your New Job Is Your Old Job" , By Yvonne M. Jones , November 22, 2014

Jalopnik Flight Club , A blog feature that covers the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "I Just Spent Way Too Long At The Barf Bag Museum" , By Damon Lavrinc , October 27, 2014

boingboing , A short feature about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Barf bags ad nauseam at Air Sickness Bag Virtual Museum" , By Andrea James , October 27, 2014

Tacky Tourist Photos , A tacky tourist photo and some coverage of the Yellowstone Fitpacking Trip , (web) , "Yellowstone Challenge: Who’s the Alpha Male?" , By Darren Garnick , October 14, 2014

About.com , Fitpacking is profiled on About.com , (web) , "Fitpacking: A Fitness Hiking Experience" , By Laura Williams , September 30, 2014

YoProWealth.com , I am a YoProWealth featured expert, weighing in on the most influential personal finance book , (web) , "25 of the Best Personal Finance Books" , By AUSTIN NETZLEY , September 16, 2014

eCommerceBytes.com , Article that features the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Collectors Corner: You Collect What?" , By Michele Alice , September 7, 2014

Fast Company , I am featured in an article about Fitpacking being a unique dream job , (web) , "5 PEOPLE WHO TOOK A HUGE PAY CUT FOR THEIR UNIQUE DREAM JOBS" , By BY RACHEL GILLETT , August 14, 2014

The Well Kept Wallet , I am interviewed about turning my passion for backpacking into the Fitpacking business , (web) , By Deacon Hayes , August 8, 2014

Chicago Tribune , I am quoted in an article about camping in Florida , (web) , "Great places to pitch a tent in Florida" , By Paul Abercrombie , July 1, 2014

Boston Globe (Boston, MA) , I am quoted in an article about online surveys , (web) , "Customers inundated with satisfaction surveys" , By Beth Teitell , June 25, 2014

Del-Immune V , Fitpacking is featured in an article about living a healthy lifestyle , (web) , "54 Health and Wellness Experts Reveal the Single Most Important Tip for Living a Healthy Lifestyle" , By John Sichel , June 11, 2014

Silicon India , Fatpacking is featured in an article about ideas you wish you had come up with yourself. , (web) , "5 Business Ideas You Wish you'd Come Up With Yourself" , June 11, 2014

Business News Daily , Fatpacking is featured in an article about creative business ideas , (web) , "Why Didn't I Think of That? 7 Creative Business Ideas" , By Elizabeth Palermo , June 10, 2014

Carol Roth Business Unplugged Blog , I am quoted in an article about how to become a respected business industry expert , (web) , "Tips for Becoming a Respected Business Industry Expert" , By Carol Roth , Page #47 , June 10, 2014

Business News Daily , I am quoted in an article about why it's great to be an entrepreneur , (web) , "101 Reasons Being an Entrepreneur Is Awesome" , By Elizabeth Palermo , Page #2 , May 15, 2014

The Telegraph (Australia) , Article mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Qantas turns sick bags into art" , By Oliver Smith , May 8, 2014

Huffington Post , Fitpacking listed as one of the best vacations for Mind, Body, and Soul. , (web) , "The Best Vacations For Your Mind, Body, And Soul" , By Irene S. Levine , April 16, 2014

PBS's Next Avenue , Article about wellness vacations recommends Fitpacking , (web) , "Great Ideas for Wellness Vacations" , By Irene S. Levine , April 11, 2014

Go Fire Yourself Blog , Fitpacking is a featured interviewee of the Go Fire Yourself Blog , (web) , "20 Business Owners Weigh In: How Do You Choose the Right Business Idea?" , By Laurel Staples , March 14, 2014

SmarterTravel.com , A photo gallery article about out-of-the-way hot springs features a quote by Fitpacking , (web) , "10 Hidden Hot Springs You Can Have All to Yourself" , By Jamie Moore , March 9, 2014

Forth Worth Magazine (Fort Worth, TX) , Fitpacking is profiled as a Fit-Cation , (web) , "Finding a Fit-cation" , By Jessica Llanes , March 2014

MyCorporation.com Blog , I was quoted in an article regarding what people love about being entrepreneurs. , (web) , "Experts Weigh In: What I Love About Being an Entrepreneur" , By Deboarh Sweeney , February 6, 2014

MonsterThinking.com , I am quoted in an article about scaring qualified job candidates away. , (web) , "7 ways you’re scaring candidates away" , By Dominique Rodgers , February 3, 2014

Dice.com , Article features me and the Air Sickness Bag Museum on hobbies that geeks pursue on their off-time. , (web) , "Air-Sickness Bags? Unusual Ways Geeks Spend Their Off Time" , By Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson , January 24. 2014

Inbound Marketing Blog , I was quoted in a story about what entrepreneurs have on their desks. , (web) , "A Close-Up of the Office Lives of Entrepreneurs" , By Brittney Ervin , January 15, 2014

Fiddlefly Blog , Article about Website New Year's Resloutions quotes Fatpacking , (web) , "Website New Year’s Resolutions – Part One" , By Tara Wright , January 7, 2014

The Boston Globe (Boston, MA) , Feature article about Fatpacking runs in the Sunday Travel Section , (web) , "Backpacking expeditions to lose weight" , By Christopher Klein , December 28, 2013

Planet Ivy , A great article about collecting Air Sickness Bags features me. , (web) , "Airsickness bags, AOL disks and soaps bars – some people collect strange stuff" , By Carlotta Eden , December 4, 2013

The Junket , Heavily researched article about Air Sickness Bags quotes me several times and mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "We Are Now Beginning Our Descent" , By Dorothy Feaver , November 21, 2013

The Mozy Blog , I was quoted about who was responsible for the Government Shutdown shutting down Fitpacking , (web) , "After the Shutdown: SMBs Weigh-In on the Showdown (and Who’s to Blame)" , By James O'Brien , October 29, 2013

Business Insider , Article details the effect of the government shutdown on Fatpacking , (web) , "Here's How Furloughed Workers Can Survive the Government Shutdown" , By Geoff Williams , October 4, 2013

About.com , Article features Fitpacking as a tourism dependent business affected by the government shutdown , (web) , "How the Shutdown Is Affecting Small Tourism-Dependent Businesses" , By Melanie Renzulli , October 4, 2013

NPR , Fatpacking weighs in on the effects of the government shutdown , (web) , "US Businesses Worry About A Prolonged Shutdown" , October 2, 2013

US News & World Report , Article details the effect of the government shutdown on Fatpacking , (web) , "Furloughed From Work? A Survival Guide for Federal Employees" , By Geoff Williams , October 2, 2013

Travelers Today , Article about Fatpacking as a Modern Fat Camp , (web) , "Fatpacking: A Modern "Fat Camp' to Help Participants Lose Weight and Get Fit While on Vacation" , By Karen Fredrickson , August 15, 2013

Condé Nast Traveler , This article about how barf bags are cool features the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Barf Bags So Cool You’ll Be Airsick in Style" , By Susan Hack , July 25, 2013

MainSt.com , I am quoted about BMI in an article about Health Care being predicated upon your fitness level. , (web) , "Can Your Employer Penalize You for Being Fat?" , By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell , July 22, 2013

Health.com , Article about burning calories by hiking features a quote from me and mentions Fitpacking. , (web) , "Burn More Calories with Hiking" , By Jenny Everett , June 11, 2013

EverydayHealth.com , The article lists Fitpacking as one of 10 healthy vacation inspirations. , (web) , "10 Healthy Vacation Inspirations" , By Mikel Theobald , May 16, 2013

MO.com , Q + A article about Fitpacking , (web) , By Brian Null , April 4, 2013

Career Bliss Blog , I am quoted in a blog entry about why employees underperform , (web) , "Why Your Bright New Hire is Underperforming" , By Ritika Trikha , March 25, 2013

Toronto Star (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) , Fitpacking is featured in the Travel section , (web) , "Travel and Fitness: Burn the fat with a “fitpacking” trip" , By Pauline Frommer , March 2, 2013

IdeaMensch , Q + A style inteview profiles Fitpacking and me , (web) , "Steve Silberberg – Owner and Founder of Fatpacking" , By Mario Schulzke , February 26, 2013

AOL Jobs , My somewhat atypical lunch routine from the past is featured. , (web) , "Weird Ways People Spend Their Lunch Hour" , By Luke Roney , Febriary 5, 2013

CareerBliss.com , I was mentioned in an article about creative ways to use lunch hour , (web) , "Worker Becomes a Lunchtime Pool Shark, and Other Novel Lunch Breaks" , By Luke Roney , February 4, 2013

WeightWatchers.com , Blog entry devoted to Fatpacking , (web) , "Fatpacking: An Affordable--and Adventurous!--Alternative to Weight Loss Spas" , By Pauline Frommer , January 29, 2013

Worldwide News Ukraine (Ukraine) , Georgian artist Avtandil Gurgenidze debuted an art project called Art Avia at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Ukraine. I was interviewed as a commentator about the Air Sickness Bag Museum. , (watch/listen) , By Andriy , January 28, 2013

CheapCarInsurance.net , I am quoted in a blog post about best and worst songs to drive to , (web) , "The Best And Worst Songs To Drive To" , By Aaron Crowe , Page Worst #4 , January 24, 2013

ABC News , Fitpacking was recommended as 1 of 7 weight loss vacations , (web) , "Take a Vacation and Lose Weight Along the Way" , By Abby Ellin , Page 8 , January 14, 2013

PeterGreenberg.com , Fitpacking is covered by The Travel Detective ® , (web) , "Window Seat or Aisle Seat: 6 Shape-up Family Vacation Ideas" , By Kerri Zane , January 14, 2013

Examiner.com , New Years resolution article about Fatpacking , (web) , "New Years Resolution Road Trip: Fatpacking" , By Katie Stumpf , January 12, 2013

San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, CA) , Fatpacking is chosen one of the top 10 places to get fit in 2013 , (web) , "Travel top 10: Best places to get fit in 2013" , By Linda Zavorel , January 10, 2013

TourDeFit.com , Fitpacking was covered in depth in a blog post , (web) , "A Spotlight on Fitness Vacations" , By Caroline Bulger , December 13, 2012

Realworldweightloss.com , Day 11 covers Fitpacking as a way to lose weight. , (web) , "12 Days of Fitness 11: The Secret Rewards of Hiking" , By Helen Ryan , December 11, 2012

Expert Flyer Blog , Blog entry about Fitpacking as a last second destination , (web) , "Last-Second Holiday Getaways" , December 10, 2012

Prevention Magazine , Fitpacking is profiled as one of 13 healthy dream destinations , (web) , "13 Healthy Dream Destinations" , By Susan Crandall , December 2012

GirlsGoneSporty , I was interviewed about how to begin backpacking, tips for backpacking and about Fitpacking in general. , (web) , "It's Time to Take a Hike!" , By Laura Williams, M.S.Ed. , November 28, 2012

CEO Blog Nation , I was quoted in an paragraph about why I started Fatpacking , (web) , "Why Did You Start Your Business?" , November 15, 2012

GirlsGoneSporty , I was interviewed about backpacking and Fitpacking , (watch/listen) , "Fitpacking Hangout" , By Laura Williams , November 1, 2012

FoxNews.com , I was interviewed and quoted in an article about the effect of transfering ownership and stewardship of National Parks to individual States , (web) , "What a Romney presidency might mean for national park visits" , By Blane Bachelor , October 24, 2012

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013 , Article covers Fatpacking as one of the Best Places to Get Fit , (web) , "Best places to get fit" , October 23, 2012

CareerBliss.com , This article quotes me about applying for seasonal jobs mid-season. , (web) , "Your Guide to Landing a Sweet Seasonal Job" , By Ritika Trikha , October 8, 2012

Fox News , Article about Fitpacking as a new way to see Fall Foliage , (web) , "Adrenaline-pumping ways to see fall colors" , By Kimber Crandall , October 2, 2012

AOL On Health , I am featured in this video about Fitpacking. , (watch/listen) , "Living Forward: Steve Silberberg On Fitpacking For Weight Loss" , By Adam Kaufman and Marlo Thomas , September 13, 2012

NASDAQ , I am featured in this video about Fitpacking. , (watch/listen) , "Living Forward: Steve Silberberg On Fitpacking For Weight Loss" , By Adam Kaufman and Marlo Thomas , September 13, 2012

Frugal Techie , My letter about my site being hacked was published by the Frugal Techie , (web) , "Help! My Site Has Been Hacked" , By Clyde A. Lettsome , August 29, 2012

AARP Work Reimagined , Article about starting Fitpacking , (web) , "How I Built My Biz: Backpacking To Drop Pounds" , By Liz Ozaist , August 14, 2012

TPE Blog , I provided a tip regarding what you should not do on a website's landing page. , (web) , "What To Fix On Your Landing Page" , By ike Michalowicz , Page Tip #7 , July 10, 2012

Deseret News , An article about mid-life crises and how one resulted in Fatpacking. , (web) , "Reinventing who you are in midlife a challenge, opportunity" , By Lois M. Collins , June 20, 2012

Bundle.com , Fitpacking is written about as one of 5 affordable summer camps for adults. , (web) , "Adults Can Have Fun Too: 5 Affordable Summer Camps For Grownups" , By Susan Johnston , June 16, 2012

Atlanta Journal Constitution , Fatpacking is profiled in an article about camps for Baby Boomers in the Atlanta area. , (web) , "Atlanta adults find pleasure going back to camp" , By Holly Aguirre , June 15, 2012

Be For Living , I'm quoted in this article for Fitpacking with A Contrarian View to Goal Setting , (web) , June 12, 2012

Carolina Mom Blogger , Blog entry features a recipe for the Fitpacking dish Trail Sushi , (web) , "Trail Sushi Recipe For Camping" , By Tammy Lessick , June 6, 2012

Weight Watchers , Bree Gotsdiner is interviewed about hiking to get fit and Fitpacking , (web) , "Ready, Set ... Hike" , By Chris Knight , May 18, 2012

Macaroni Kid , Article features Fitpacking as a getaway for moms. , (web) , "Pick Up a Pack" , May 8, 2012

InfoWorld , Anecdote about my experience with corporate computer security. , (web) , "True tech confessions II: Sinners and winners" , By Dan Tynan , May 7, 2012

Discovery Channel , Article about Fitpacking as an alternative to the gym. , (web) , "Fitpacking: Skip the Gym and Take a Hike" , By Eric Rogell , April 26, 2012

US News & World Report , I was quoted about participation in student government , (web) , "College Student Leaders Divided on Benefits of Student Government" , By Menachem Wecker , April 5, 2012

New York Times , Article mentions my experience finding a hotel room during the Super Bowl in Miami , (web) , "Coping With a Snarled City" , By Martha C. White , March 5, 2012

WorkingNaked.com , I am quoted in a blog about what items are on my desk. , (web) , "What’s On Your Home Office Desk?" , By Lisa Kanarek , January 26, 2012

Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Blog , I supplied Tip #8 about how to motivate employees. , (web) , "Ways To Motivate Any Employee" , By Mike Michalowicz , January 26, 2012

Yahoo! Travel , Article about winter hot spots describes Fitpacking on the Florida Trail , (web) , "10 Surprising Winter Hot Spots" , By Jamie Moore , January 19, 2012

Smarter Travel , Article recommends Fitpacking as a Florida Destination , (web) , "10 Surprising Winter Hot Spots" , By Jamie Moore , January 15, 2012

Wealth and Wisdom , Article featuring Fatpacking , (web) , "Entrepreneurial Stories – Fatpacking" , By Brandt Smith , January 12, 2012

Charleston Public Relations & Design , I was quoted in a blog post about social media. , (web) , "Social Media Marketing Loves and Hates in 2012" , By Cheryl Van Landingham Smithem , January 10, 2012

CNNMoney , The Air Sickness Bag Museum poster Air Sickness Bags Around the World is featured as 'My Weirdest Holiday Gift' , (web) , "My Weirdest Holiday Gift" , By Jessice Dickler , December 29, 2011

The Entreprenette Gazette , I gave networking advice in this blog post , (web) , By Sarah Shaw , Page Tip #17 , December 13, 2011

Boston Globe (Boston, MA) , This small business blog profiles the Fitpacking Frequent Hiker Program , (web) , "Follow Amazon's lead, focus on loyalty" , By Jason Keith , November 29, 2011

Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Blog , I was quoted in a blog post about biggest business mistakes , (web) , "The Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make" , By Mike Michalowicz , Page Tip #64 , November 17, 2011

The Toilet Paper E ntrepreneur , I provided a short entry for this blog , (web) , "The Biggest Complaints About Owning A Business" , By Mike Michalowicz , Page Tip #5 , Novembe 10, 2011

Biz TV , I was interviewed about my typical day as a business owner , By Leah Bodi , November 5, 2011

Schaeffers Investment Research , I was re-quoted from the Wall St. Journal Article that was published concurrently , (web) , "Market Recap: DJIA Skyrockets 340 Points, Tops 12,000 on Euro-Zone Relief Rally" , By Andrea Kramer , October 27, 2011

Wall St. Journal , I was quoted in an article about couples dressing up for Halloween and relationship issues surrounding that , (web) , "And What if I Don't Want to Dress Up Like a Banana?" , By Elizabeth Bernstein , October 27, 2011

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Blog , I was quoted in a blog entry about killing off a product or service , (web) , "When To Kill Off A Product Or Service" , By Mike Michalowicz , Page Tip #4 , October 27, 2011

Examiner.com , I provided an anecdote about school lunches for National School Lunch Week , (web) , "Let's Grow Healthy! National School Lunch Week kicks-off" , By Shannon Duffy , October 10, 2011

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Blog , I was quoted with a tip about how to increase the size of your social network , (web) , "How To Get Twitter And Facebook Fans" , By Mike Michalowicz , Page Tip #8 , October 6, 2011

Adventure Journal , Article feature the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Declination: The Art of Airsickness" , By Steve Casimiro , September 8, 2011

TPE Blog , I provided a tip on how to find a good salesperson. , (web) , "Where To Find Great Sales People" , By Mike Michalowicz , Page Tip #2 , September 1, 2011

The Entreprenette Gazette , I provided a tip in this article about PR , (web) , "Best PR tips" , By Sarah Shaw , Page #22 , August 23, 2011

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Blog , I was quoted in this blog entry about office politics , (web) , By Mike Michalowicz , Page Tip #2 , August 10, 2011

Life Goes Strong , In depth article profiling Fitpacking , (web) , "Life Change: Starting an Adventure Travel Company" , By Susan Crandell , August 5, 2011

TPE Blog , I am quoted in an article about how to ask friends for a business loan , (web) , "How To Raise Money From Your Friends" , By Mike Michalowicz , Page #4 , July 19, 2011

Always New You , I supplied a beauty tip for this site about a better you. , (web) , "3 Unique Ways to Stay Sexy Over 40" , Page Tip #2 , July 13, 2011

Malaysia Star (Malaysia) , Article features me and the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (view) , (web) , "Wonderfully weird" , By Joleen Lunjew , July 9, 2011

CBS Moneywatch , I am quoted with a commuting tip, even though I do not commute. , (web) , "Easy Rider" , By Amy Levin-Epstein , July 7, 2011

Lawshelps , Article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Art Exhibit Loses Barf Bag Collection" , By David Moy , July 3, 2011

IT WORLD , I am quoted in an article about legacy computer applications that were cool but are now obsolete. , (web) , "Computer de-evolution: Features that lost the evolutionary war" , By Daniel P. Dern , Page 3 , May 26, 2011

Fox Business , Fitpacking is profiled as an adventure packed trip. , (web) , By Kate Rogers , April 29, 2011

365 Days of Startups , I blogged about how to stay motivated with Fitpacking when sales are down. , (web) , April 25, 2011

The Ladders , The Technology Ladder wrote a blog entry about this resume that you are viewing. , (web) , "Your Resume Shouldn't Play Games" , By Lisa Vaas , April 20, 2011

AOL Travel , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is mentioned and linked in an article about fellow collector Danny Calahan , (web) , "Museum Displays Man's Collection of Airsick Bags" , By Kim Foley MacKinnon , April 15, 2011

Get Your Big On , Fitpacking is featured in a business spotlight , (web) , "Spotlight" , April 15, 2011

Teen Business Forum , Article about how people name their business mentions Fatpacking , (web) , "Ultimate List Of Stories Behind Business Names (Part 3)" , April 14, 2011

CareerBuilder , Fatpacking is listed as one of 10 jobs that literally keep you on your toes , (web) , "10 jobs that literally keep you on your toes" , By Beth Braccio Hering , April 12, 2011

Voice For Small Business , I am quoted in an article about print media being dead. , (web) , "You Be the Judge: Threatened, Endangered or Extinct" , March 31, 2011

GigCoin Blog , I am quoted in an article about Facebook Advertising. , (web) , "Facebook Ads: What You Need to Know to Create a Successful Campaign" , By Debbie Hemley , March 1, 2011

Yahoo Movies , I am quoted about my take on the Oscars. , (web) , "Do Everyday Americans Feel Removed from the Oscars and Hollywood? What Do You Think?" , By Maxine Nelson , February 24, 2011

Copy Doodle Blog , Article about Customer Retention Strategies features Fitpacking , (web) , "Get Your Customer Retention Strategies in Shape: A Case Study on Fitpacking" , By Michelle Salater , February 24, 2011

DietsInReview.com , Fatpacking was named one of the Best Weight Loss Vacations in this review. , (web) , February 22, 2011

Escapee 925 Blog , A blog entry about Fitpacking and escaping the 9 to 5. , (web) , "Send Those Pounds a-Packing" , February 11, 2011

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Blog , I was quoted for my tip on Social Media (tip #2) , (web) , "Tips for Social Media Strategies" , By Mike Michalowicz , February 10, 2011

JenX67 Blog , I am quoted in a presentation about the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger , (web) , (watch/listen) , "Space Shuttle Challenger: Where Were You January 28, 1986?" , Page 37 , January 24, 2011

Inc Magazine , I am quoted in an article about the Top 10 reasons to run your own business (tip #10) , (web) , "Top 10 Reasons to Run Your Own Business" , By Darren Dahl , Page 10 , January 21, 2011

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur , I am quoted in this blog entry about guilty pleasures , (web) , "Entrepreneur’s Guilty Pleasures" , By Mike Michalowicz , Page 7 , January 18, 2011

Shoestring Venture , In depth article about Fitpacking. , (web) , "Fitpacking – I walk for a living" , January 18, 2011

Climbing 4 Health , The site has a blog entry about Fatpacking , (web) , "Hike More, Weigh Less" , By Stacey Pratt , January 14, 2011

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur , I supplied a blog entry about bad social media habits , (web) , "Bad Social Media Habits" , By Mike Michalowicz , January 13, 2011

BusinessInfoGuide.com , Interview and profile of Fatpacking , (web) , "Entrepreneur Interview: Steve Silberberg of Fatpacking" , By Stephanie Chandler , January 12, 2011

Camp Fire Blog , Blog entry about Fatpacking , (web) , "Basically, fatpacking is weight loss" , January 11, 2011

Social Media Marketing Management Blog , I wrote a guest blog about Social Marketing , (web) , "Social Marketing: The Online Tupperware Party" , January 6, 2011

The Huffington Post , I am quoted in this article about my favorite moment of the day. , (web) , "What's Your Favorite Moment of the Day?" , By Tom Matlack , January 5, 2011

The Good Men Project Magazine , I am quoted in this article about my favorite moment of the day. , (web) , "Just a Moment" , By Tom Matlack , December 27, 2010

Strategies and Tactics For Women Blog , I am quoted in this businessy article. , (web) , "What’s on Your Business Christmas Wish List?" , By Dr. Shannon Reese , December 27, 2010

piran café Blog , Blog entry mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Air Sickness Bags – Acquisitions in 2010" , December 20, 2010

TPE Blog , I supplied a guest blog entry , (web) , "Bucket List Ideas For Entrepreneurs" , By Mike Michalowicz , December 30, 2010

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur , I was quoted in a blog entry about what not to do in social media. , (web) , "Things To Not Do On Social Media Sites" , Page #4 , December 16, 2010

About.com Trees and Shrubs , I am quoted in an article about Chanukah Bushes. , (web) , "What Is a Chanukah Bush?" , By Vanessa Richins , December 2010

Fitnessmagazine.com , I am quoted in an article about how to burn off holiday treats , (web) , (watch/listen) , "Burn Off Those Holiday Splurges" , By Dorothy Foltz-Gray , Page 8-9

Professional Services Journal , I am quoted in this article about how to deal with employees who work less when the boss is gone. , (web) , "When the boss is away, one mouse plays" , By Meryl K. Evans , October 2010

The Street (mainstreet.com) , I am quoted in an article about how to save on rental car charges , (web) , "8 Ways to Save on Car Rentals" , By Matt Brownell , Page 9 , September 30, 2010

Hull Sun (Hull, MA) , Feature article about Fatpacking , (web) , "Hull man leaves 15-year job at investment firm to start Fatpacking" , By Cathleen Jeffrey , September 22, 2010

Fund Money Market.com , Feature article about Fatpacking , (web) , "Hull man leaves 15-year job at investment firm to start Fatpacking" , By Cathleen Jeffrey , September 22, 2010

It Thing Blog , Article covers the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Collectors Who Collect the Most Unusual Items" , By flapjack , September 20, 2010

Dispatch Online (South Africa) , A reprint of the unflattering Reuters Fitpacking article , (web) , "Hiking ideal way to reduce that flab" , September 18, 2010

eHow.com , Article about Fat Camps covers Fatpacking , (web) , "Fat Camps in Massachusetts" , By Will Gish , September 11, 2010

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur , The TPE blog quotes me as the top tip on the topic of the most unique networking places , (web) , "Most Unique Networking Places" , By Mike Michaelowicz , September 7, 2010

Byczek Blog , Blog entry about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Air Sickness Bags Gallery" , By Bryan Byczek , August 7, 2010

Collecte Blog , Blog entry about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Air Sickness Bag Virtual Museum!" , August 31, 2010

MSNBC.com - Active Travel , I am quoted in an article on deterioration of National Parks , (web) , "National parks feel the effects of human, environmental threats" , By Bill Briggs , August 30, 2010

GreenDump , Blog entry about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "13 Most Weird & Wonderful Collections on the Web" , August 28, 2010

Web Urbanist , Blog entry about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "13 Most Weird & Wonderful Collections on the Web" , August 28, 2010

nsibai , Blog entry about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "13 Most Weird & Wonderful Collections on the Web" , August 28, 2010

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur , I am quoted in the blog , (web) , "How to Handle an Unsupportive Spouse" , By Mike Michaelowicz , August 3, 2010

Hamilton County Business Magazine (Hamilton County, IN) , Q & A regarding Fitpacking , (view) , (web) , "Michelle's Got it Covered" , By J. Michelle Sybesma , August 1, 2010

China Daily , Article about hiking featuring Fatpacking , (web) , "Hiking: off the beaten fitness path" , July 13, 2010

Arab Times Online , Article about hiking featuring Fatpacking , (web) , "Hiking: off the beaten fitness path" , By Dorene Internicola , July 13, 2010

Fitness Tips For Life , Article about Fatpacking , (web) , "Hiking for Fitness" , July 12, 2010

KyivPost (Ukraine) , Article about Fatpacking , (web) , "Hiking: Off the beaten fitness path" , July 12, 2010

Reuters , Article about hiking featuring Fatpacking , (web) , "Hiking: off the beaten fitness path" , By Dorene Internicola , July 12, 2010

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur , Provided a tip in an article about guerilla marketing , (web) , "The Most Creative Guerrilla Marketing Techniques" , By Mike Michaelowicz , June 22, 2010

Sidejob Ideas , Article about Fatpacking and starting a backpacking business , (web) , "Start A Backpacking Weight Loss & Fitness Business" , By Blaine Nickerson , June 20, 2010

LifeSpace Community Blog , Blog mentions Fatpacking as a fitness travel idea , (web) , "5 Great Fitness Travel Ideas" , By Greg Ausley , June 15, 2010

San Francisco Small Business Examiner , Appeared in a micro-business Q+A regarding Fatpacking , (web) , "Couch sessions...micro business therapy for the small business owner" , By A.Michelle Blakeley , June 9, 2010

IndyPosted , Article about Fitpacking , (web) , "Fitpacking: Programmer Follows Backpacking Dream" , By Ted Webb , May 30, 2010

Philadelphia Inquirer , I am quoted in an article about hiking for health , (web) , "Hike for a healthier mind, body and soul" , By Jeff Schnaufer , May 28, 2010

Gettysburg Times , I am quoted in an article about hiking for health , (web) , "Hike for a healthier mind, body and soul" , By Jeff Schnaufer , May 28, 2010

CNN Money , Article about Fitpacking , (web) , "Quitting the day job to go hiking" , By Josh Hyatt , May 28, 2010

Ultra-Gross Blog , Blog entry about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Bags o' Barf!" , By Bart King , May 21, 2010

AOL News , Article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Are Airline Barf Bags an Endangered Species?" , By David Moye , May 18, 2010

Miss Flickchick Blog , Blog entry about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "*UPDATE* The Museum of Air Sickness Bags" , By Maitland McDonagh , May 18, 2010

Stuck at the Airport Blog , Blog entry about Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Vintage airline air sickness bags" , April 24, 2010

Modesto Bee (Modesto, CA) , An anecdote about wearing a sweater from my working past appears anonymously , (web) , "Workwise Blog" , By Mildred Culp , April 17, 2010

Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Blog , I am quoted (#1) about how entrepreneurs waste money , (web) , "How Entrepreneurs Waste Money" , By Mike Michalowicz , April 11, 2010

About.com: Entrepreneurs , A company profile and interview about Fatpacking , (web) , "Fatpacking Your Way to Fitness" , March 6, 2010

Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Blog , I am quoted (#44) about how to get clients to return , (web) , "How To Keep Clients Coming Back For More" , By Mike Michalowicz , February 25, 2010

Creators.com , I am quoted in an article about men and body wash , (web) , "Of Men and Body Wash" , By Lenore Skenazy , February 18, 2010

Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Blog , I am quoted (#7) about the worst thing that can happen when starting a business , (web) , "Entrepreneurs Tell Us What’s The Worst That Can Happen" , By Mike Michalowicz , February 2, 2010

Dull Men's Club , Article about collecting Air Sickness Bags , (web) , January 2010

AOL Small Business , Article about commuting woes quotes me. , (web) , "Commuters Reveal Their Pet Peeves" , By Geoff Williams , January 4, 2010

HIK3R Blog , Blog mentions Fatpacking , (web) , December 28, 2009

Howard County Times (Howard Count, MD) , Fitpacking.com is mentioned in an article about getting outdoors in the Autumn , (web) , "Great Fall" , By Judy Colbert , November 19, 2009

Northern Sentinel (British Columbia) , Article mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "There’s a little ‘collector’ in all of us" , November 18, 2009

Dream List Media , A 10-minute interview about the dream career of being a wilderness guide. Geared mostly for teenagers. , (watch/listen) , By Melissa Borghorst , October 13, 2009

Toilet Paper Entrepreneur , TPE video features Fatpackers Reality Show query , (watch/listen) , 10/07/09

Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) , A one question Q & A about Fitpacking / Fatpacking branding , (web) , "Ask the Outside Consultant" , October 4, 2009

Nice Hobbies Blog , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is listed as a funny hobby , (web) , October 1, 2009

Antiques & Collecting Newsletter , The Air Sickness Bag Museum garners a paragraph of coverage , (web) , By Ron McCoy , October 1, 2009

joannE Blog (New York, NY) , A not entirely complimentary blog entry about Fatpacking , (web) , "FatPacking" , September 29, 2009

Collectibles Corner TV , Video interview about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (watch/listen) , By Tammy Kahn Fennel , September 28, 2009

The Modesto Bee (Modesto, CA) , Article features an anecdote from my past , (web) , "WorkWise BlogTip: Lightness" , By Mildred Culp , September 21, 2009

KillerStartups.com , A review of Airsicknessbags.com , (web)

Southtown Star (Chicago, IL) , An anecdote of mine illustrating how humor is not always the best way to go about applying for a job is featured , (web) , "WorkWise Interactive" , By Mildred Culp , September 20, 2009

Dispatch Online , Article mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "The Chiel - Strange Obsessions" , By Stevie Godson , August 31, 2009

InsureMonkey Blog , Article describes Fatpacking as a Fit Trip , (web) , "Planning a Vacation? Consider a "Fit Trip"" , By Mark Jolley , August 4, 2009

PBS - KEET (Eureka, CA) , Article that quotes me about the Massachusetts Health Connector , (web) , "In Legislation, New National Health Insurance Exchange Emerges" , By Lea Winerman , July 23, 2009

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) , Article about Kit Novotny's one-woman show features the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "RE/collect" , By Kit Novotny , June 29, 2009

Computer Hunter , Short article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Barf Bag Heaven" , June 14, 2009

Rand McNally Blog , Blog entry mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "NEWS: Airsickness Bags Make Unusual Collections" , By Kelsey Rexroat , June 2, 2009

Sentient Force Field Blog , Blog features the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Ephemera" , By Todd Stiles , June 2, 2009

Walk About Magazine (Portland, OR) , An excellent feature article about Fitpacking , (view) , (web) , "Go for a Hike, Get Fit, Fitpacking Combines Fitness with Wilderness Walks" , By Susan Rich , May / June 2009

Calgary Sun (Calgary, Alberta) , I am quoted in an article about loving your job , (web) , "Why I Love My Job" , By Tag and Catherine Goulet , February 13, 2009

HealthStatus Blog , Blog entry about Fitpacking , (web) , "Are you resolved to lose weight in 2009? Here are 3 new products to help you do that:" , January 5, 2009

Kayak.com , Article profiles Fatpacking in a Fitness Travel column , (web) , "Fitness Travel" , January 3, 2009

Trip on a Deal , Fatpacking featured in Trip on a Deal video , (web) , By Luz Montez and John Palacio , January 2, 2009

CIO.com , I am quoted in an article about software coding. , (web) , "What to Look for in a Code Review" , By Esther Schindler , December 22, 2008

Just Camping Out Blog , Blog entry that expostulates about Fitpacking , (web) , "Product reviews: Fitpacking "Camping for fitness"" , By Kimberlee Ferrell , December 5, 2008

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Blog , The blogs mentions that the Air Sickness Bags Around The World poster is 1 of 15 not-so-stupid ideas. , (web) , "15 Stupid Business Ideas That Aren’t Stupid At All" , By Mike Michalowicz , November 20, 2008

3rdActs Blog , Article covering the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Move over, Picasso, Here's the Airsickness Bag Museum." , By KMH , October 21, 2008

Gaebler.com Resources for Entrepreneurs , Interview about Fatpacking , (web) , "Starting a Fitness Business" , By Ken Gaebler , October 13, 2008

piran café Blog , Blog entry about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "From Barf Bags to Napoleon’s Penis - Weird Collections Part I" , October 10, 2008

The Coquina Daily Blog (St. Augustine, FL) , Blog entry features the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Air Sick Bag Museum" , October 4, 2008

Been Seen , Article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Cool Stuff" , September 27, 2008

8-bit Ocean Blog , Blog mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Vomit in Style with Virgin Airlines Vanity Vom Bags" , August 15, 2008

Blissfully Domestic Blog , The blog recommends visiting the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Motion Sickness Linkies" , July 10, 2008

Family Toy Blog , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is prominently mentioned in this blog , (web) , "Odds & Ends - Collecting the Unusual" , By The Olson Family , July 8, 2007

Backpacker.com , I am credited for giving advice for the Gear Chick / Ask the Expert column , (web) , "Gear Chick/Ask The Expert" , By Kristin Hostetter

Sahio Blog , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is mentioned as one of the web's 25 Weirdest Collections , (web) , "25 Weirdest Collections" , May 19, 2008

National Review Online , Article mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "the corner" , By Jonah Goldberg , May 16, 2008

Neatorama Blog , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is mentioned as one of the web's 25 Strangest Collections on the Web , (web) , May 14, 2008

transportTrends.com , Short blurb about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , May 14, 2008

NHBR.com (New Hampshire) , Article mentions Fatpacking , (web) , "Spring is in the Air" , By Cindy Kibbe , April 9, 2008

Karen Kefauver Blog (Washington, DC) , Blog mention of Fitpacking from the 2008 Adventure Travel Expo in Washington, DC , By Karen Kefauver , March 29, 2008

Cranmore Mountain Lodge Blog (North Conway, NH) , Site mentions the June 2008 White Mountains Fatpacking Trip , (web) , (watch/listen) , March 17, 2008

Cerno Blog , The Air Sickness Bag Museum garners a blog entry for 10+ years of existence , (web) , "10+ year web-site" , March 17, 2008

Pamela Lanier's Bed & Breakfast , Site mentions the June 2008 White Mountains Fatpacking Trip , (web) , March 17, 2008

Weirdosite Blog , The Air Sickness Bag Museum was listed under Weird Links , (web) , "Weird Links" , February 18, 2008

Sleetapawang Blog , Blog mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "World's Most Curious Ephemera" , February 9, 2008

Dark Roasted Blend , Blog mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , February 9, 2008

KrazyKimchi Blog , Molotov Theatre Group Honored with Museum Installation in America’s Second Largest Collection of Air Sickness Bags , (web) , February 7, 2008

Quick Take , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is featured in this publication by the MIT Alumni Association , (web) , "Alumni Collectors" , February / March 2008

Atlanta Journal Constitution (Atlanta, GA) , The AJC Still Traveling blog recommends Fatpacking , (web) , "Would you take a fitness vacation?" , By Keith Still , January 9, 2008

Pink Slip Blog , The Air Sickness Bag Museum was mentioned in this blog , (web) , "I think I might be ill..." , By Maureen Rogers , January 7, 2008

Bostonist Blog , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is lovingly detailed , (web) , "Hull: Barf Bag Capital of the World?" , By Caroline Roberts , January 4, 2008

Spikey Em's Journal , Emily Sweeney's blog mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "The Wild World of Barf Bags" , By Emily Sweeney , January 3, 2008

COLMI INTERNET ARTS , Blog mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Air sickness bags of the world" , By Andrew Haig , December 19, 2007

one+one=thr33 blog , This blog mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Recent Surfing Highlights 78" , December 2007

Message in a Bottle Blog , Blog mentions my entry into the Real Men Eat Gardenburger Contest , (web) , "Real Men Eat Gardenburgers!" , By Kath , October 19, 2007

Ephemera Blog , The definitive blog on ephemera and old paper collectibles features an interview with the curator of the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , (watch/listen) , By Marty Weil , October 11, 2007

Tripso.com , A flight attendant's blog mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Reflections from the bottom of a barf bag" , By James Wysong , October 9, 2007

Kristen's Blog , The Air Sickness Bag Museum was featured in Kristne's Blog , (web) , "Collectibles Eye Candy" , October 4, 2007

Blog de Puree , Blog entry about Fatpacking , (web) , "Fatpacking: Weight-loss hiking, or when people take buzzwords too far" , August 26, 2007

The Australian (Sydney, Australia) , An article that mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum in making the case that the Internet is a deeply educational domain. , "From spam haiku to feline Fuhrers" , By Emma Tom , August 16, 2007

About.com , Fatpacking interview , (web) , "Fatpacking - Hike Off the Weight" , By Wendy Bumgardner , August 14, 2007

HubTrotter Blog , Blog mentions Fatpacking , (web) , By Chris Klein , July 13, 2007

Av8rdan's World of Flying Blog , Blog mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (view) , April 23, 2007

Leisure and Sport Review , LASR mentions Fatpacking , (view)

Trendhunter Magazine , Article mentions Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Airline Barf Bag Museum and Barf Bag Trading Sites" , February 28, 2007

Stage 1 of Fly Fishing Blog , Blog mentions Fatpacking , (web) , By Matt Rise , February 19, 2007

Plus Stuff Blog , Blog entry about Fatpacking , (web) , "Fatpackers Are Here" , February 15, 2007

Gadling.com , Article about Fatpacking , (web) , "Fatpacking: Weight-Loss Backpacking" , By Willy Volk , February 14, 2007

MSNBC , Article about Fatpacking , (web) , "Get in Shape Vacations" , By Elissa Vallano , January 15, 2007

Air Cleaning Blog , Blog entry about Fatpacking , (web) , "Fatpacking - Nationwide" , January 11, 2007

GetOutdoors.com , Fatpacking is mentioned in the GetOutdoors blog. , "Outdoor News Roundup" , September 22, 2006

Prevention.com , Prevention.com ran an article about Fatpacking. , (web) , "Hike Off That Weight" , By Jean Nick

TravelPost.com , Fitness Travel article that showcases Fatpacking. , "Healthy vacations that allow you to get away and get fit" , By Jillian Scheeler

OK Blog (Netherlands) , Blog mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , July 25, 2006

Atlanta Journal Constitution Blog , Whimsical article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "A Countdown that'll make you sick" , By Jeff Schultz , June 6, 2006

Will Donovan Blog , Will's Blog has an entry about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Air Sickness Bag Virtual Museum!" , April 10, 2006

Healthcare Traveler , Article about Fatpacking , (web) , "Take a weight-loss vacation by Fatpacking" , December 30, 2005

The Boston Globe - Boston.com (Boston, MA) , For Halloween, Boston.com ran pictures of costume ideas. My girlfriend and I are featured for dressing up as Cruella Devil and Pongo the Dalmatian , (web) , October 2005

Neatorama Blog , Blog entry about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Silberberg's Air Sickness Bag Museum" , By Alex , September 22, 2005

TravelLady Magazine , Article about Fatpacking , "Lose Weight and Have Fun with Fatpackers" , By Erika Wright , September, 2005

Horizon Lines (Moorhead, MN) , I am featured in this article about Air Sickness Bag Collectors and the on-line community in which we operate. , "Sick Sacks" , By Bronson Lemer , May 2005

The Guardian (United Kingdom) , Articles mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "A break from the old values: the new tourist attractions" , By Dan Synge , March 5, 2005

Lifestyletom.com , Article about the Terminal 5 Air Sickness Bag Exhibit , (web) , "Help Me Find my Barf Bags"

CNN.com International (Global) , Article about buying and selling Air Sickness Bags where I was quoted heavily , (web) , "Flight bags are no barfing matter" , By Nick Easen , November 21, 2003

Ami Simms Newsletter , Short mention of the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , By Ami Simms , January 2002

Mycityradio.com (Vancouver, BC) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Shannon Nelson , May 30, 2001

Danielhong.org , 5 Sites of the Month , "Web Soup" , By James Apt , March 2001

Mycityradio.com (Vancouver, BC) , Streaming Air Sickness Bag live interview , By Shannon Humphreys , November 22, 2000

AuctionBytes.com , Collectors Corner Number 23 , (web) , By Ina Steiner , October 8, 2000

Wat.nl (The Netherlands) , Cultuur - Virtueel Kotszakjesmuseum , August 2000

Internet Web Guide Magazine , Air Sickness Bag Museum article , "Just Plain Weird" , April, 2000

Excite@home , Feature Article - Web Waste Channel , March 31, 2000

AuctionRover.com , Bark! e-Zine , "Airsickness Bags Take Off" , By Bonnie Burton , March 2000

Internet Slutts , Internet Video , "Wally's New Hobby" , 1999

MSNBC , 7th place , "10 Nuttiest Sites on the Net" , September, 1999

Info Exame (Brazil) , Article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , January 1999

Web Ireland , Review gives the site 5 stars, the highest rating , June, 1998

Wall Street Journal Online , Article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Site Seeing" , By Jane Costello , October 4, 1997

USA Today Online , "Hot Sites" , October 1, 1997


Articles About Me: Print

Psychology Today , I am featured in the cover story about reinventing yourself for starting Fitpacking. , (view) , (web) , "Reinvent Yourself" , By Rebecca Webber , Page 54-63 , June 2014

Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) , Editorial about the government shutdown using Fatpacking as an example of an affected business , (view) , "It's time Congress gets to work" , Page 6 , October 3, 2013

A.T. Journeys , I was a featured source in an article about nutrition while backpacking , (view) , (web) , "A Matter of Taste" , By Leanna Joyner , Page 10-13 , March - April 2013

Technology Review , A Puzzle Corner problem that I submitted was published. , (view) , "Puzzle Corner" , By Allan Gottlieb , Page 62 , November / December 2012

Business Destinations (London) , Bags and quips from the Air Sickness Bag Museum are featured. , (view) , "Departures" , Page 128-130 , January-February 2012

Backpacker Magazine , I am quoted as source for an article about the best weekend hikes in the 50 States , (view) , "Summer Adventure Atlas" , By Kelly Bastone , Page 58, 60 , August 2011

CNN Living , An article about jobs that require you to stand mentions Fitpacking (#2) , (web) , "10 jobs that keep you on your feet" , By Beth Braccio Hering , June 13, 2011

Backpacker Magazine , Feature article about Fatpacking , (view) , (web) , "Lighten Up" , By Jim Gorman , Page 74-79 , March 2011

Buffalo Spree Home (Buffalo, NY) , Article about going green quotes me. , (view) , "Saving heat energy, streamlining trash, and shopping smart for bamboo" , By Jenifer Wettlaufer , Page 26-28 , Fall 2010

Boca Raton Observer (Boca Raton, FL) , Article about Fatpacking as a weight loss vacation , (web) , "The Weight is Over" , By Linda Haase , Page 96-87 , January 2010

Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM) , Article mentions Fitpacking , (web) , By Jane Mahoney , May 10, 2009

Endless Vacation , Short article about the Air Sickness Bags Around The World Poster , (view) , "That's Sick" , Page 16 , September/October 2008

The Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Front page photo of me speaking at town meeting along with a quote , (view) , (web) , Page 1, 4 , May 8, 2008

Backpacker Magazine , I am listed in Backpacker as a member of the Continental Divide Mapping Team , (view) , "The CDT Project" , By Kelly Bastone , Page 115 , May 2008

Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, Canada) , Article mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (view) , (web) , "Fad nauseam" , By David Sanderson , March 1, 2008

Boston Globe (Boston, MA) , Article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (view) , (web) , "To each, his own bag" , By Emily Sweeney , Page Globe South 7 , January 3, 2008

Hull Times , A photo and caption of my Endless Summer Booth appears in this issue. , (view) , Page 11 , September 20, 2007

Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, FL) , Article about my 400 mile Highway2Health walk through Florida. , (view) , (web) , "Trail of Discovery" , By Kate Santich , Page E1,4 , February 13, 2007

Technology Review , Acknowledgement that I correctly solved mathematical problem S/O 2. , "Puzzle Corner" , By Alan Gottlieb , January/February 2007

Natural Awakenings (Treasure Coast, FL) , Articles details the upcoming Highway2Health walk across Florida, from Orlando to Key West , (view) , "Two Eco-Progressives to Lead a Highway2Health Fitness Walk Across Florida" , Page 7 , December 2006

Backpacker Magazine , Article about Fatpacking , (view) , "The Fatpackers" , By O'rya Hyde-Keller , Page 18 , December 2006

Georgia Straight (Vancouver, BC) , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is chosen as this week's Geek of the Week. , (view) , (web) , "Geek of the Week" , By Dave Watson , Page 19 , August 10, 2006

The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles , Article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Airsickness Bags" , Page 38 , August 2006

Let's Live Magazine , An article about Fatpacking appears in this issue , (view) , "Backpack Pounds Away" , By Vera Tweed , Page 13 , August 2006

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX) , I am interviewed and quoted for an article about US Airways' plan to sell advertising on barf bags. , (view) , (web) , "Ads nauseam? Well, not to collectors of airsickness bags." , By Suzanne Marta , Page 1, 3 , July 30, 2006

Boston Globe (Boston, MA) , An article about the City of Boston cracking down on sandwich board advertising mentions Fatpacking, a sign which I was wearing as a mobile sandwich board. , (view) , (web) , "Boston's sign police conduct a sweep" , By Matt Visor , Page Front Page, A20 , June 15, 2006

The Greenville News (Greenville, SC) , Article describes the recent Foothills Trail Fatpacking trip in South Carolina , (view) , (web) , "Stress, pounds hit the trail" , By Mike Foley , Page D1, 3 , May 9, 2006

Austin American-Statesman (Austin, TX) , Q&A about car sickness mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Stock car with barf bags in time for summer trips" , By Jane Greig , April 10, 2006

Tennessee Star Journal (Pigeon Forge, TN) , Article about Fatpacking , (view) , "Walk it off. Fatpacking is a way to have fun while you firm up." , By Rose Brunson , Page 13 , February 1-7

The Patriot Ledger Living Well (Quincy, MA) , Article features Fatpacking , (view) , "Packing Off The Pounds" , By Ryan Menard , Page 21 , January 25, 2006

Focus Magazine (Poland) , This article about Janusz Tichoniuk's Air Sickness Bag collection mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum. , (view) , "Ile kosztuje torebka bezpieczenstwa?" , Page 9 , December 2005

Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, WA) , Article about Fatpacking , (view) , (web) , "Thoughts of 'Fatpacking' Make Stummick Queasy" , By Seabury Blair Jr., , Page B2 , November 8, 2005

Quincy Herald-Whig (Quincy, IL) , Article about Fatpacking , (view) , "'Fatpacking' can help drop holiday pounds" , By Holly Wagner , Page 9A , November 4, 2005

Creativity Connection Newsletter (Madison, WI) , Article the excerpts heavily from my personal newsletter. , (view) , "Telling it Like it is" , By Leah Carson , Page 19 , October 2005

Focus Ekstra (Poland) , An article about Janusz Tichoniuk's sickbag collection mentions airsicknessbags.com , (view) , "Ile kosztuje torebka bezpieczenstwa?" , Page 9 , June 2005

Arrington's Bed & Breakfast Journal , Book review of We'll Kiss For Food . , (view) , Page 30 , April 2005

Technology Review , An article and picture about Fatpacking . , (view) , "Alumni Profile" , Page M38 , March 2005

The North Adams Transcript (North Adams, MA) , Article that mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (web) , "Megabit and Pieces" , By John Mitchell , January 29, 2005

Seattle Times (Seattle, WA) , Article about museums in America that mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum . , (view) , (web) , "A Road Trip to Sample Americana" , By Bill Kossen , Page L1 , November 12, 2004

The Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Front page article that details my Air Sickness Bag Collection's gallery debut in New York at JFK Airport's Terminal 5 , (view) , "Collector's terminal debut delayed after rowdy premiere" , By Stephen Martin , Page 1, 14 , October 14, 2004

Regional Review (Boston, MA) , I am quoted in this article stating that money takes the fun out of collecting . , (view) , "Objects of Desire" , By Carrie Conaway , Page 12 , Q4/Q1 2003/2004

The Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Photo of me in a Flamingo Hat for coordinating the annual WBZ marsh clean-up , Page 10 , May 13, 2004

Time Magazine Asia (Throughout Asia) , Article about buying travel memorabilia, featuring the Air Sickness Bag Museum with quotes from me . , (view) , "Fly and Buy" , By Nick Easen , Page 52 , May 3, 2004

Travel + Leisure Family , Article about Air Sickness Bags as souvenirs that mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum . , (view) , (web) , "Souvenir Airsickness Bags" , By Yossi Langer , Page 82 , Spring / Summer 2004

Playboy Magazine , Article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum, concentrating on the Holy Grail of the museum, the Space Shuttle Sickness Bag. , "The Holy Grail" , By David Pfister , Page 122 , March 2004

The Beta Theta Pi Magazine (Oxford, OH) , A book review and chapter preview of We'll Kiss For Food appears in the official magazine of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity (my college fraternity). The book is this quarter's featured selection . , (view) , Page 52-53 , Winter 2004

The Hull Times (Hull, MA) , A photo of me appears at a Chamber of Commerce meeting . , (view) , By Roger Jackson , Page 11 , February 26, 2004

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) , An article about selling Air Sickness Bags on-line that mentions the Air Sickness Bag Museum. , "Collectors cashing in on air sickness bags" , By Simon Parry , November 2, 2003

Creativity Connection Newsletter (Madison, WI) , Article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum . , (view) , "Collector's Get a Brand new Bag -- and Then Some" , By Leah Carson , Page 19 , October 2003

Cabinet Magazine , Several of my Air Sickness Bags appear as an art piece in this Culture/Arts periodical , (view) , "For Your Refuses" , Page 77-79 , Summer 2003

The Hull Times (Hull, MA) , A photo of me appears for my upcoming birthday . , (view) , Page 2 , July 17, 2003

The Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Article about a cleanup I organized for a 22 acre marsh . , (view) , "Volunteers make marsh cleanup a trash/treasure hunt" , By Stephen Martin , Page 6 , May 15, 2003

The Hull Times (Hull, MA) , I am pictured on the front page dressed as a dalmatian . , (view) , Page 1 , November 1, 2002

Mary Beth's Beanies & More , Air Sickness Bag Museum Article . , (view) , "Quirky Collections" , By Annabelle Villanueva , Page 53-54 , September/October 2002

Airways Magazine , Barfbags.com garnered a mention in the Debrief column , (view) , "Let's Eat!" , By Stan Solomon , Page 77 , August 2002

The Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Newsy, biographical article about me . , (view) , "Resident's collection a necessity for commitment-queasy & others" , By Stephen Martin , Page 5 & 15 , July 18, 2002

Wall Street Journal (New York, NY) , Article recommending the Air Sickness Bag Museum as a destination . , (view) , (web) , "Can't-Miss Attractions For The Online Traveler" , Page R4 , June 10, 2002

Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL) , Collectors earn their wings with air memorabilia from napkins to uniforms to plane parts . , (view) , "Treasures from 30,000 feet" , By Mary Beth Klatt , January 20, 2002

The Sun (United Kingdom) , Short article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , December 31, 2001

Strictly Magazine (The Netherlands) , Strictly is a Dutch fashion magazine for teenage girls . , (view) , "Nuttig om te Kosten (Useful for Vomiting)" , Page 16 , December 2001

The Washington Post (Washington, DC) , Supplied bag for motion sickness article in Health Supplement . , (view) , "Spin Control" , By Kathleen F. Phalen , Page 23 , April 3, 2001

Virginia Daily Press (Hampton Roads, VA) , Cyber Life Section , "Air Sickness Bags" , January 1, 2001

Wall St. Journal (International) , When the Wall St. Journal finally espoused the Internet in year 2000, they dedicated a multi-section special about the best way to do certain things on the Internet. In "The Best Way to Pursue a Hobby", the Air Sickness Bag Museum is featured , (view) , (web) , "The Best Way to … Pursue a Hobby. Whatever Your Passion, You Aren't Alone" , By Evan Ramstad , Page R34 , November 27, 2000

Waterbury Republican (Waterbury, CT) , Article about my participation in the Baywatch Hawaii contest . , (view) , "Pomperaug Grad in 'Baywatch' Contest" , Page B1 , November 21, 2000

San Diego Union Tribune (San Diego, CA) , Mentioned in an article about fellow collector Bob Grove . , (view) , "In the Bag. From Hand Puppet to Collectible, Airsickness Sack Has Many Uses" , By Preston Turegano , Page D1, D3 , November 12, 2000

Denver Post (Denver, CO) , Section LFS, Pop Culture , "Stuff Dot-Com Online museums reflect nation's varied interests" , By William Porter , Page H-05 , August 27, 2000

Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD) , Help! Do you have any information regarding which article airsicknessbags.com appeared in? , June 12, 2000

Computer Active (UK) , Web site recommended list for the Air Sickness Bag Museum . , (view) , "20 Weird and Wonderful Sites" , Page 76 , March 9-22, 2000

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX) , Featured patron . , (view) , "On the run or winding down, diners enjoy quick meals" , By Lanette Causey , Page 7N , December 29, 1999

Philadelphia City Paper (Philadelphia, PA) , Naked City Article about Air Sickness Bag Museum , (view) , "Barf Art" , By Jen Darr , Page 50 , October 22-28, 1999

New York Daily News (New York, NY) , Article in Lifeline section . , (view) , "Weird Wide Web" , Page 9 , September 5, 1999

To BHMA (Greece) , Greek article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum . , (view) , Page 22-23 , August 29, 1999

The Toronto Star (Canada) , Featured in article about Stand-Up Comedy . , (view) , "Comedy 101" , By Leatrice Spevack , Page K1,K4 , August 28, 1999

Financial Times (London, England) , A brief mention of the Air Sickness Bag Museum in an article that erroneously identifies me as a Californian . , (view) , "It’s enough to make you green with envy" , Page III , August 21-22, 1999

National Post (Canada) , Center Spread Air Sickness Bag Feature . , (view) , Page B10-B11 , August 10, 1999

KIJK (The Netherlands) , Dutch article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (view) , "Kotzak Museum" , Page 74-75 , August 1999

B.T. (Copenhagen, Denmark) , Article about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (view) , "Det optimale samlerobjekt" , Page 2 , June 26, 1999

Airway Magazine (China) , I have no idea what this Chinese article says , (view) , "Get Connected" , Page 111 , March 1999

New York Times (New York, NY) , Arts and Leisure section article about on-line museums . , (view) , "Where the Venues Are Virtually Infinite" , Page 41 , January 10, 1999

Yahoo Internet Life , "Yippee!/Ya-Hooey!" , Page 34 , January, 1998

Washington Post (Washington, DC) , Page B05 , April 24, 1997

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX) , "There's No Place Like Home" , Page 6C , June 26, 1995

The Tech (Cambridge, MA) , Front page mention that I was elected President of the MIT class of 1983. , "UA Election Results" , Page 1 , April 18, 1980

The Tech (Cambridge, MA) , This issue of MIT's student newspaper was the election supplement in which I announced my candidacy for class President. My picture appears alongside a prepared statement. , Page 3 , April 5, 1980

Voices (Southbury, CT) , The article announces that I won a silver medal from the Mathematical Association of America for achieving first place in my high school on their national math exam. , "Math Medal" , Page 12 , July 3, 1979

Waterbury Republican (Waterbury, CT) , Photo of me and others for winning a scholarship from the Waterbury Hebrew Ladies Aid Association. , (view) , "Scholarship Winners" , Page 20 , June 21, 1979

Waterbury Republican (Waterbury, CT) , A picture of my mother and me when I was awarded the Ner Tamid award in Boy Scouts , (view) , "Scouting Award" , Page 13 , December 11, 1976


Articles I've Written: Internet

Albany Times-Union (Albany, NY) , I wrote a guest blog entry for Brandon Mendelson's Graduate Student Survival Blog , (web) , "Is The Resume Dead? Maybe (Guest Post #1)" , October 6, 2008

HULLMAgazine.com , Feature article about Jon Charles , (web) , "Voted "Most Shy at Hull High School," Jon Charles is a Successful Entrepreneur" , July 2007

Shecky! , "Comics' FAQ" , May, 2000

Trailworks.com (Now Defunct) , Trail of the Week , "Hunt's Loop Trail" , February 7-14, 2000

Trailworks.com (Now Defunct) , River of the Week , "The Taos Box" , November 21-27, 1999

Trailworks.com (Now Defunct) , Trail of the Week , "Mt. Monadnock" , November 14-20, 1999

Digital City Dallas (AOL Affiliate) , Bi-monthly humor columnist , "Snert" , November 1996 - June 1997

Alt.comedy.standup FAQ , Author, Maintainer , March 1995-December 1999


Articles I've Written: Print

Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Op/Ed piece about solving Hull's budget crisis by pooling phone, TV, and Internet charges to a single provider. , (view) , "Redirecting wasteful tech spending could help budget crisis" , By Steve Silberberg , Page 3, 10 , February 12, 2009

Backpacker Magazine , Article in KnowHow Section . , (view) , "Trailhead Stash" , By Steve Silberberg , Page 88 , February, 2002

Internet Underground , Interview with alt.comedy.standup FAQ maintainer , "Sysop" , By Steve Silberberg , Page 90 , March, 1996

Dallas Jewish Life Magazine , "Humor Can Help You Laugh All The Way To The Bank" , By Steve Silberberg , Page 17 , September, 1994

The Tech (MIT weekly) (Cambridge, MA) , An article descibing a proposed Arts Facility Building , "New Arts Facility Due in '82" , Page 1 , February 26, 1980

Not The Panther's Paw (Southbury, CT) , Staff writer and general instigator of a 1 issue satire / lampoon of the Pomperaug High School newspaper, "Panther's Paw" , June 1979

Panther's Paw (Southbury, CT) , An article in Pomperaug High School's newspaper opposing a proposed restrictive attendance policy , "Attendance Policy Opposition" , Page 2 , May 1978


Books I've Appeared In

101 Ways to Organize Your Life , Sidebar about my barf bag collection, with quotes. , (view) , By Deborah Underwood , Page 41

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013 , Article covers Fatpacking as one of the Best Places to Get Fit , October 2012

Weird, Scary, & Unusual , The Air Sickness Bag Museum is covered in this Armchair Reader book. , (view) , (web) , By Susan McGowan , Page 97

GO! , Well I didn't write this book, but I didn't know how else to classify it. Scans of barf bags from my collection are featured in this book. , By Samone Bos, Phil Hunt, Andrea Mills , Page 214-215 , 2006

The 505 Weirdest Online Stores , This book has a chapter on the Air Sickness Bag Museum as one of the 505 weirdest onlines stores, as the site sells posters , (view) , By Dan Crowley , Page 228-229 , 2005


Books I've Read

This non-standard resume entry comes from the belief that you can't really know someone by just matching up their skills with your needs. I think it's critical to find out about a person's interests, not just their statistics, so I've started chronologically listing some books I've read.

Shut Out , I've grown up understanding that the Red Sox have a history of racism, but this book shows just how deep, ingrained and long-lasting this institutional racism has been. It also delves into the silent racism present in the segregated Boston. If you like baseball and care about justice and understanding why black athletes have traditionally shunned Boston, this is the book for you. , By Howard Bryant

Black Faces, White Spaces , This is a book I really wanted to like and understand. The idea behind the book is to understand why so few blacks are found in the National Parks, National Forests and Wilderness Areas in the United States. The book is written in a scholarly tone cross-referencing studies and research but is written in a highly unengaging style. The usual culprits are trotted out: slavery, economic status, lack of political power, etc. While of course these things impact the ability of blacks to visit the backcountry, I really wanted to understand the cultural reasons. Snakes & bugs? All white? Fear of the unknown? Looked down upon by the community? I could not tell by reading the text. I gave up after a quarter of the way through. , By Carolyn Finney

Shiksa Goddess , Pretty good book of auto-biographical essays that are often funny, but you really have to pay attention to nuance to fully digest the writing. There are a fair amount of esoteric references -- especially to theater -- as the author is a Broadway playwright. If you're Jewish or from New York it will also help. , By Wendy Wasserstein

Unlikely Heroes , This is a reasonably interesting book about animals that are heroes, which usually mean they have saved a human's life sometimes risking their own. I think a more compelling book could have been written about hero dogs because of the prevalence of them protecting people, but the book tries to run the gamut of species from rats to sheep and many others. , By Jennifer S. Holland

Last Child in the Woods , While the contents of this book might be a revelation to many, I found myself thinking "well of course" repeatedly throughout the text. The book introduces a term called "Nature Defecit Disorder". The thesis is that separating children from nature is the cause of a whole host of ills from anxiety and illness in children to overall societal woes. While I agreed with almost every statement proferred, there was very little actual data and studies from which to draw upon so that for the overwhelming majority of people in the country, there would be plenty to dismiss. Definitely worth reading but dragged on quite a bit making the same points towards the end. , By Richard Louv

The Periodic Table , This book uses the elements of the Periodic Table as a means of delivering poignant stories about the life of the author and his experiences in World War 2. The author is a Jewish Italian Chemist who was imprisoned in Auschwitz. This book, unlike his other about Auschwitz, tangentially relates to his wartime experiences and paints pictures of what it was like during those times as well as when he was younger and even some anecdotes from when he was middle-aged. Yet all chapters relate to chemistry and various elements as a way of relating his life experiences. , By Primo Levi

Weirdos From Another Planet , The humor in every Calvin and Hobbes book still holds up after 20 years go by, quite a testament to the author. , By Bill Watteron

How To Be Black , This is a funny book about being black or as the title suggests, ways of how to be black. It's a good read in which the humor is a vehicle for addressing race struggles, relations and stereotypes and done in a style that educates rather than lectures. , By Baratunde Thurston

Nothing , The British magazine, New Scientist publishes scientific articles ostensibly accessible to the layman. This anthology is a collection of essays about nothing, e.g. a vacuum in space, absolute zero, placebos and even watching paint dry. The book is pretty interesting but is often heavy on cosmological theory such as what might happen 10^10^56 years from now or what happened before the Big Bang (unsatisfying spoiler: it doesn't matter). The best thing about the book is that if one of the essays becomes overly tedious as some do, you can just skip onto the next one.

Big Brain Games , This is a book of puzzles -- logic, mathematics and geometric. Very well illustrated and thought out. They did throw in a problem or two that were unsolved so if you read this book, watch out. I went through the entire book and did every problem (if I could). Definitely worth reading to keep your mind sharp. , By Ivan Moscovich

Digging Up Mother - A Love Story , The old chestnut that the best (and really all) stand-up comedians are fueled by a lifetime of pain and dysfunction is completely validated by this book. , By Doug Stanhope

The Cruelest Miles , This is a book about the 1925 diptheria epidemic in Nome, AK. There was not enough serum to treat the epidemic and flights were unreliable at the time so a series of dog sled runs (that was the inspiration for the Iditerod) were used to rush the medicine there. As this was in mid-Winter in an at-the-time wild Alaska, the dog sled teams were brave and faced harrowing conditions. This book is notable because it reads like a story despite being cobbled together from diaries, newspaper reports, official documents and didn't have the advantage of being able to interview participants. , By Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury

The Lucky Ones , This is a great book about the founder of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. It gives non-preachy insight as to the suffering of farm animals and in particular, how our meat-based diets cause animal suffering as well as ancillary things like deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Although my dedication to vegetarianism wavers, this book has gotten me back "on track" for the sake of the animals. , By Jenny Brown / Gretchen Primack

Looptail , The author summarizes this book succinctly on page 255: “What many don’t understand is that it’s all about me, nothing else.” This is then accidently reiterated in the Acknowledgements section where despite being CEO of a travel empire, he only acknowledges 4 people by name, as if that’s all it took for him to reach his lofty high profile status.

This book is about how the author built a travel business by embracing eco-tourism and travel that benefits local societies. The company ostensibly does unbelievable humanitarian projects and travel, making an incredible positive difference in the lives of the poorest around the world. Yet despite that, the author is basically a douchebag. While I really wanted to like him and root for him because of his obvious benevolence, to hear him tell it, everything is his idea alone and every single one of his ideas is a disruptive, massive success that changes society. Over and over he uses the phrase “difficult decisions needed to be made” which is a translation for firing large amounts of employees. While he and his company have done far more to help the world than I ever could (or would) and he should be commended for this, I just found him to be a really distasteful megalomaniac and that made me sad. , By Bruce Poon Tip

A Walk With Mud , Let's start with this: the book is eminently readable and engaging. It's the author's story of her Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike with her hiking partner / friend / significant other named Mud. Anyone who enjoys thru-hiking books as I do would enjoy this. However, I feel bad for the author. Not very many people attempt to hike the PCT every year and unlike the vast majority of these few, she decided to hike Southbound. Plus she's a vegan. While I respect this, it only makes her lonely journey that much more difficult. With only Mud as a constant companion and almost no other human contact, of course she's going to find relationship / friendship conflict. And then she ruminates about it incessantly for 2700 miles. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, only that it makes me feel sorry for her and whatever is in her mind that she has to work out. , By Anna Herby

Autobiography of a Face , I found this to be a very sad book written by a woman who overcame childhood cancer only to have her face disfigured by it for her developmental and much of her adult life. Although some people find it inspirational, I found it very sad that the author had such a difficult life because of it. Her writing shows that there is a much deeper person there that most people could never see because of her face. One thing I found peculier was the extreme detail of her initial bout with cancer at 10 and 11 years old. Though I'm sure this time was indelibly ingrained in her, I barely remember anything from those years much less the tiny details set forth. , By Lucy Grealy

Three Hundred Zeros , This is a book about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. The author began in 2007 but about 500 miles in had to have life-saving heart surgery. 300 days later in 2008, he resumed and completed his quest to finish the trail. The author was really likeable even though at times I thought he was going to show a dark side, so this made the book even better. , By Dennis Blanchard

My First Summer in the Sierra , Although John Muir was a key figure in protecting America's wilderness in the late 1800s and early 1900s, his ornate and flowery prose describing nature is rather dull. After only 13 pages of it, I put the book down and checked out. , By John Muir

Oh the Things I Know , Another very funny book from Al Franken where he ostensibly imparts wisdom about life after college graduation, but it's really just a vehicle for his witty, often biting humor. , Page Al Franken

No Summit Out of Sight , This was a good, enjoyable read written by the youngest person to summit the highest peak on every continent. Eminently readable, I found myself rooting for him even though I knew the outcome of the book. Definitely worth a read. , By Jordan Romero

Ticket to Ride , This book was interesting to me because the author grew up in towns surrounding where I live. The autobiography details the author's life from being a child through graduating college. Despite growing up in poverty with abusive alcoholic adults, the author breaks out of this to graduate college and enter the working world, having ended the cycle of poverty and abuse. I liked the author and rooted for him. Definitely worth reading. , By Don Hussey

The Big Burn , This was a very good book about a multi-state wildfire in Idaho and Montana in 1909 that denuded hundreds of thousands of acres of land and trees. The book shows how this fire was the impetus for the fledgling National Forests to take hold. Unfortunately, it also shows how the National Forests started preventing fires at all costs to serve timber interests and eventually set up new wildfires. It's interesting to see how some of the same political movements against public lands (the Idaho senators strongly felt that timber companies and railroads should be given National Forest lands outright) still permeate politics today, just look at the Malheur incident. This book suffers from the same affliction as all historical books -- nobody is alive who was there, so a story has to be strung together from journals, newspapers and historical documents which just doesn't do the story justice. , By Timothy Egan

Letters to a Young Lawyer , This is a book of advice for new lawyers by the high profile, controversial author. It was a fast read and actually quite good as the book is all about integrity, principle and devotion to the client as advocate. Well written and insightful. , By Alan Dershowitz

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , What an insipid, incoherent set of uninteresting drivel. From the outset, the author is under the influence of a myriad of drugs as well as alcohol. By page 46 (where I stopped reading) I figured the prose would revert to interesting, profound or at least reasonably well-thought-out invective. Wrong. The author was still high on any number of drugs and planning to do more. I'm all for the author getting as altered as he wants, but I don't have to read his incoherent ramblings. It got so bad that even he couldn't understand the ideas he wrote down to chronicle his adventures. But that didn't stop him from publishing those snippets in some pathetic hope that some reader somewhere might be able to interpret them and miraculously even be entertained by them. , By Hunter S. Thompson

Mind of the Raven , This is an insanely detailed book about ravens, raven behaviors, raven mores, raven habits and anything you can think of about ravens. It's all in here. The author does many experiments with ravens but instead of just stating the interesting results, he details how he set up the experiments and the ravens' behaviors. Then he does the experiment again slightly differently and details the behaviors of them. Over and over throughout the book, he takes a subject that could be amazingly interesting and beats it to death. After 6 months and 284 pages, I gave up. , By Bernd Heinrich

Sleeping With Extra-Terrestrials , The subject matter of this book -- about pseudo-science, faith healing, recovered memories and all sorts of mumbo-jumbo society believes in -- could have been great but it wasn't. First, the book is almost 20 years old so the faith based politics it lambastes is but a dim memory. Make no mistake, the point is still germane and poignant, just not the actual events going on. The book was unnecessarily obtuse at times so much so that I gave up after 226 pages. , By Wendy Kaminer

Sometimes Ask a Man , This book is a funny line-by-line takedown of a book called Always Ask A Man by Arlene Dahl, written around 1964. The book is witty and smart-alecky and worth reading. The only thing I wonder is why Dahl's awful book was worthy of commentary at all. I guess it was fodder for comedy but there have to be better, more poignant books that deserve a takedown. , By Traci Skene

The Internet of Things , I wasn't sure what to expect from this book about pervasive internet and smart, interconnected everything but it didn't quite deliver because there wasn't really anything all that practical. There were lots of prognostications and predictions about how the IoT will someday be, but no way to get your hands dirty designing or programming IoT devices. Admittedly, the scope of the book is more about opening eyes to the future and seeing the Internet of Things as a commodity rather than being part of those that will create this future. , By Michael Miller

Baseball's Forgotten Heroes , I had high hopes for this book. It seemed like I'd learn all about obscure and interesting players and anecdotes from times past. And while it was certainly interesting to learn more about say Pete Gray (one arm), many of the players were career minor leaguers. Being a minor leaguer can be interesting, but not for a player's statistics. For example, Pete Hughes holds the record for walks in a season by a minor leaguer, but there used to be an extensive and wacky network of leagues around the country and padded stats don't make the player compelling. I'm being a little harsh because the book was mostly interesting but I didn't come away fascinated. , By Tony Salin

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle , What a great book about a family that changed their eating habits from Big Agriculture to Locavore, learning to provide for themselves through farming and animal husbandry, all concentrating on foods sourced locally. The family started their journey in around 2008 and were on the cusp of the locavore wave that attempts to take back our eating habits from industrial giants who offer exotic foods that waste petroleum and impact communities around the world, because they can use economies of scale. The one picky thing I didn't like about the book was the cutesy humor attempts throughout the book, such as the section on turkey mating. Being clinical about it would have been just as interesting as comparing it to human mating rituals. Anyway, this book is highly recommended. , By Barbara Kingsolver

When the Game Was Ours , This book about Larry Bird and Magic Johnson was pretty enjoyable given that it'a all fluff. The author does a good job of making sure it doesn't get too trite or corny, but it's a pretty good and fast read. , By Jackie MacMullan

Seven Years of Highly Defective People , Even 25 years later, the early Dilbert strips are still funny. This is a good way to see how the strip developed over time so it was insightful as well as funny. , By Scott Adams

Mayflower , This is a fairly comprehensive book about the colonization of New England by the Pilgrims. It debunks several myths and realistically explains the origins of Thanksgiving and Plymouth Rock. However like many books about Native Americans, there is an overwhelming amount of sorrow and misery. It was probably unnecessary to chronicle every single massacre and battle on the way to killing the Indian leader King Phillip. Still, quite edifying but sad. , By Nathanial Philbrick

What Makes Olga Run? , This is an engaging read about 93 year old Olga Kotelko, a woman who at the time of publishing held 26 track and field records for female athletes over 90 years old. Part biopic, part gerontology study the book delineates in great detail the things Olga does and doesn't do so that a reader (or scientists) can learn something about ageing and how to live longer. Sadly there are no real conclusions since she is a singular data point. However the author does lay out some guidelines for living better or living longer. Pretty good book but not gripping. , By Bruce Grierson

If This Is a Lecture, How Long Will It Be? , This collection of late 80s For Better of For Worse comic strips is actually still pretty funny or at least engaging. Totally worth reading if you happen to come across this book. , By Lynn Johnston

I am the Grand Canyon , Like most other Native American history, this book about the Havasupai Tribe from the mid 1800s to the present is heart breakingly sad. The story is the same … the United States took all the land and kicked out the Indians. However the Havasupai wouldn't give up that easily and over the course of nearly a century, kept trying to have the landed returned. They fought the usual suspects -- the US Government, ranchers, a railroad company -- as well as unlikely opponents like the Sierra Club. In the end, land was finally returned to them, not nearly their historical range but far more than had ever been ceded back to any other tribe. A story of sadness and some redemption. , By Stephen Hirst

When You Are Engulfed in Flames , Another excellent book by David Sedaris. Humorous vignettes abound making you glad you're reading about his experiences rather than living them. , By David Sedaris

Pindemonium , This is an awesome book of Zippy the Pinhead comic strips from the mid-80s. If you don't like or don't get Zippy (nobody really gets it) you won't enjoy the book, but this is a classic that features Shelf Life, Griffey, Claude and Mr. Toad. Recommended. , By Bill Griffith

Finders Keepers , This was a very interesting and well written book about archaeology and how it poses an ethical dilemma. When an ancient grave or cave dwelling is discovered, is it ethical to take things from the site and place them in a museum or a private collection or sell them to the highest bidder or should one just leave the items there (after carefully cataloging them)? If items are left, less scrupulous collectors might dig them up and sell them or even destroy things not knowing what they are destroying. Many questions are raised and points of view are presented, but there are no easy answers. , By Craig Childs

Unfinished Business , I bought this book about the 1990-91 Boston Celtics because an article in the Boston Globe said it was one of the best books about basketball ever written. However, even for someone who was a big fan of that team, the book didn't deliver. It was just too cutesy and well, 90s … sports writing has matured a lot since that time. The book tries to give the reader a flavor of what the season and personalities were like but it just doesn't deliver in retrospect. The game by game emotion was probably pertinent back when the book was written and when the season was played but 25 years later it all seemed kind of unnecessary. Some good anecodotes about the big 3, Bird, McHale and Parish and some other feel good stories, but even so not all that compelling. , By Jack McCallum

The Dilbert Future , When I first read this book in the late 90s, I thought it was one of the funniest most brilliant things I had ever read. Over 15 years later it's not quite so amazing, but it's still really funny because the strips are timeless. Plus a fair amount of the predictions came true. Still a great book and still worth reading. , By Scott Adams

Mud, Sweat and Tears , This autobiography of Bear Grylls gives you a good understanding of a true adventurer. The guy you see on Man Vs. Wild is pretty much who he appears to be: a man who lives life on the edge but is still humble. I was a bit surprised how rigid and formal his upbringing was as he went to boarding school and the military and I was also surprised at how religious he is as well. Still, definitely worth the read. , By Bear Grylls

Real Americans Admit: The Worst Thing I've Ever Done , This is a fast illustrated read about the depravity that people are capable of and willing to admit. A fascinating look at how horrible people can be. , By Ted Rall

Things Get Hectic , This is a depressing, but important book about youth and violence in the late 80s and early 90s primarily in New York. It's important because every chapter was written by a teenager in the Youth Communication program, trying to better themselves and their circumstances through journalism. However the amount of violence, hate, injustice and sadness these young people experienced and subsequently wrote about is awful. , By Youth Communication

A Moose and a Lobster Walk Into a Bar , I really wanted to enjoy a book of homespun tales from Down East that captured the humor of Mainers. What it turned out to be was a thinly veiled ultra-consersatve anti-government, anti-progress rant smothered in down home aw shucks wrapping. While it's fine to reminisce about the days when Thelma Ames worked a switchboard and listened into every call made in the town, it's just moronic to claim that it was better than e-mail or dialing yourself without the surveillance. , By John McDonald

Foxtrot Beyond a Doubt , This is an excellent anthology of Foxtrot comic strips from the 90s. Quite prescient in some ways. It's almost as if the TV show "The Middle" was predicated on the strip. Not page-turning hilarious but definitely worth reading. , By Bill Amend

Cyberpunktrek , The third Robotman book is almost as good as the first two and starts delving into weirder, science fiction-y themes. Still funny, but less of the Milde family than Meddick's earlier works. , By Jim Meddick

Tough Jews , This is a book about the Jewish underworld that proliferated in Brooklyn between the turn of the century and around 1940. I typically have no interest in gangsters and crime, but this book was at least somewhat interesting because people typically don't think of Jewish people when they think of organized crime. The author also weaves his own personal family history into the thread of the book and it actually works instead of being intrusive. The book was pretty readable despite the subject matter. If you love the Mafia and gangsters and happen to be Jewish, this book could be for you. , By Rich Cohen

The Last Run , In the late 90s, some hikers in Alaska found some human remains and part of a wetsuit eaten by grizzly bears. Through a lot of detective work, it was determined that he was lost in a shipwreck. This book chronicles the shipwreck and the amazing rescue of most of the crew. The book is overly detailed but is still a good read for the most part. , By Todd Lewan

Woodswoman , This book was written in the early 70s, over 40 years ago and still stands up to time pretty well. It's an autobiography about a woman who lived alone off the grid in the Adirondack wilderness of New York State, how she happened upon the place and what it was like. There probably aren't many better primers to give you an idea of what it's like to live there year round. Sometimes the book was off-putting, such as when she recounted discussions with friends and paramours, and also her insistence on refusing to reveal the actual lake she lived on, but otherwise the book is well worth reading and is recommended. , By Anne LaBastille

Rabbi Do You Have a Prayer For a Lost Dog? , This is an autobiographical book about Rabbi Samuel Cooper, who led an orthodox congregation in Charleston, WV for 49 years. The book is accessible to anybody and only delves lightly into Torah study. Rather, it's a collection of experiences and anecdotes from the illustrious Rabbi's career. It's never very exciting or particularly page turning however. Still, if you like reading biographies of people you don't know and have led an interesting life, this might do. , By Rabbi Samuel Cooper

Robotman Takes Off , Although this collection of Robotman comic strips doesn't pack the same humor punch as it did 30 years ago, the book is still pretty funny and worth reading. , By Jim Meddick

Cows of Our Planet , I remember when everything Far Side was side-splittingly hilarious. Unfortunately, the strip just doesn't hold up. Sure there are still some funny gags, but unfortunately not as frequently as I remember. , By Gary Larson

Virtual Banality , I'm probably one of the few people that find the Fusco Brothers funny and even 20 years after publication, there are still some good gags but over time some of the humor has become dated. Still recommended though. , By J.C. Duffy

Me of Little Faith , This is a pretty good book ostensibly about religion but more of a vehicle for insights and jokes about all sorts of religions. The book is best read in the author's voice but is still reasonably good if you don't know who Lewis Black is. The last chapter of the book is a complete disappointment, but overall not a bad read. , By Lewis Black

There's a Porcupine in my Outhouse , This was an interested, light-toned book about a writer with a corporate job in Boston who bought a tiny backwoods cabin in Vermont and his misadventures there. Stories about wildlife, fishing and cameraderie with friends abound as well as his transformation from frightened flatlander who wants to conquer the woods into an environmental steward who wants to live in harmony with them. , By Michael J. Tougias

The Last Season , This is an excellent book about the sudden unexplained disappearance or backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. The book is best as a biography of Morgenson as he seems to have been a fascinating individual who exemplified the ideals of being a wilderness ranger. The disappearance and the search and rescue effort that went into finding him was also interesting, but I didn't feel that it was necessary to frame the entire thing as a mystery even though it's still unclear exactly how he died. Still, an excellent read. , By Eric Blehm

700 Sundays , This was an insightful and warm look into Billy Crystal's life as it relates to his father (with whom he was only able to spend 700 Sundays -- 15 years) before he died. It was often touching and pretty funny, but I didn't really enjoy when his prose would devolve into bits for the stage. After I finished the book I saw that this was based upon recent Broadway performances, so no wonder it was littered with comedy bits that probably work exceptionally well on stage but distracted from the book. Still probably worth a read. , By Billy Crystal

It's Probably Nothing , This auto-biographical book gives the reader insight into various unfortunate sides of modern day institutional medicine and also gives a lot of insight into small-town Vermont characters. The book is mildly entertaining and interesting enough, except when the author occasionally devolves into insipid back-and-forth banter that becomes virtually unreadable. , By Beach Conger

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell , The best way I can describe this book is to listen to Howard Stern. Quite a lot of the things they discuss are lived by this book's author, mostly in terms of drinking and sex. He pretty much uses women and women seek him out to be used. He describes this all in a very funny and entertaining way. I found that the author was charismatic, but his friend SlingBlade was even funnier. , By Tucker Max

Under the Banner of Heaven , This was a deeply disturbing, but important work about Mormonism. But it's even more poignant these days because of its emphasis on Fundamentalism, which seems to permeate modern politics. , By John Krakauer

In Search of Schrodinger's Cat , Quantum Physics and Cosmology are fairly unattainable to the layman. I have tried to suffer through several books of this genre which have always come up short. This book -- while also not understandable all the way through -- at least does an excellent job of explaining quantum physics, the wave properties of particles and the structure of atoms in an accessible and understandable way. Of course, as the book progresses the information is accelerated and soon your head is filled with positrons, bosons, negative time and other hastily defined mathematical abstractions in order to introduce the reader to paradoxes such as Schrodinger's Cat and Supergravity. If you do decide to read this book, I would read, understand and re-read the chapter on the Copenhagen Interpretation for it forms the basis of all kinds of abstractions covered by the book. , By John Gribbin

Sports Illustrated Baseball , This book is a collection of the "best" baseball writing that appeared in Sports Illustrated from the beginning of the magazine until 1993. And for 1993, it was pretty good writing but reading the book demonstrates how good baseball writing has subsequently become in the Internet era. My favorite chapter is the one about minor leagues, which seldom gets covered but is really well done in this book. A nice primer of baseball history for kids. Worth reading, but not mind-blowing or anything.

Amusing the Million , I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but it was dreadful. The book drags you through mid-19th century sociological mores and tries to establish the reason amusement parks came into being. Who cares? They're just fun, so why not go with that? Here's a direct quote from the book: Amusement complexes such as Coney Island thus shed light on the cultural transition and the struggle for moral, social, and aesthetic authority that occurred in the United Stats at the turn of the century. What????? I gave up after 25 pages and just looked at the pictures. Even the pictures weren't very numerous or high quality. , By John E. Kasson

Fast Lane on a Dirt Road , This book describes the social, political and cultural changes of Vermont from World War II until 1990 when it was written. It's a pretty good primer on how the State changed from land development to loss of farming to skiing to changing from Conservative to Liberal. It wasn't a page turner or anything like that, but I did enjoy many sections of the book such as those about Bernie Sanders or Ben & Jerry. Not worth reading if you have no interest in Vermont. , By Joe Sherman

What Now? , This is a collection of quotes and short essays about the transition from High School to College or from College to the working world. It covers topics like growth, success, and fulfillment. It's actually pretty amazing how much material has been written about this transition. The book is very readable, but probably more germane to people who are going trhough one of these transitions. , By Jennifer Lee Selig

How to Raise a Jewish Dog , This is a pretty funny idea for a book, but the execution isn't as awesome as you'd hope. It speaks of inducing guilt into your dog and making them reflect upon what they've done, that sort of thing. However as the book continues, it starts repeating itself and loses steam. It would have made an excellent 24 or 32 page pamphlet. I gave up after 65 pages. , By Ellis Weiner & Barbara Davilman

Wild , Above all else, the book was eminently readable and kept me engaged, especially the prose relating to the Pacific Crest Trail. The descriptions and experiences captured the thrill, pain, drudgery and camaraderie of long distance backpacking. However, much of the book was about the author’s life and relationships, used as a backdrop to establish the redemptive qualities of the PCT. On the plus side, she was completely open and truthful about her life, a quality few authors would have the guts to do. However although life dealt her some blows, I never really felt like she was a true underdog the way she portrayed herself. I find it difficult to cheer someone doing heroin and cheating on her husband. And she wasn’t such an underdog. Some of the PCT hikers she met called her “Queen of the PCT” because of all the preferential treatment she got along the way. Still, the book is definitely worth reading although it’s not as feel-good as I think the author intended it to be. , By Cheryl Strayed

The Time Before History , Read this book only if you have a burning interest in anthopology minutiae as well as infinite patience. The author has a lot of interesting theories on our world and species but trots out every imaginable point to support his theories as though he's defending a scientific paper to the casual reader. For example, he could easily have postulated that humans caused mass extinctions in recent history and most of us would shrug our shoulders and conclude that it makes sense without him blathering on about every possible argument anyone could make against it for page after page after page. It took me 6 months to read the book because it was just barely interesting enough to hope for a big payoff at the end, which there really wasn't. , By Colin Tudge

Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville , This collection of baseball related articles and stories by the famed anthropogist Stephen J. Gould was not only interesting, but insightful. It is best when it combines love for the game with scientific reasons why certain things happen or don't happen, such as nobody hitting over .400 since 1941. Unfortunately, it's a collection of disjoint essays written over 20+ years so material is often repeated, even though the editing tries to smooth out the flow. One tip: read the essay with the term "hagiographic" carefully and with understanding as it becomes an essential idea repeatedly used in the last several chapters. , By Stephen J. Gould

Strong Boy , This book is a biography of John L. Sullivan, aka the Boston Strong Boy who is considered to be the first boxing world champion in the modern era. The book is comprehensively well researched and gives the reader insight not only into Sullivan's life, but boxing in general and life at the end of the 19th century. In some ways the book was like Seabiscuit as a chronological history, but because Sullivan was an alcoholic it occasionally read like Wired. It's especially interesting if you happen to live in the Boston area as Sullivan did. , By Christopher Klein

Seabiscuit , This is typically not the type of subect matter that interests me, but the book was not only engaging, but well and painstakingly researched. I still never really cared all that much about the horse and the personalities of the trainer, owner and jockey but it was refreshing to get an idea of the fervor of the times with regards to horse racing. It was a little odd that although Seabiscuit's career was largely run during World War II, you'd have no idea that there even was a war (or a depression preceding it) by reading the book. Still, the book was well written and interesting even if you don't care anything about horses or horse racing. , By Laura Hillenbrand

Casual Day Has Gone Too Far , Almost 20 years later, this set of Dilbert strips hold up to the test of time and are still funny , By Scott Adams

Moneyball , Although I didn't agree with every point in the book and sometimes it was written like a movie script, this book has changed the way I watch baseball. It is strongest and most convincing when it analyzes statistics, probabilities, metrics and exploiting market inefficiencies and will most likely change your view of the game as well. , By Micheal Lewis

Hey Ranger! , Written by a Park Service Ranger of 30 years experience, the book is a chronicle of strange or funny things that happened over those years. The book was pretty mild as you get the feeling that any real dirt was withheld from the reader. Midway, the author kind of ran out of his own stories and used stories told to him by other rangers. So while not a page turner, I was interested enough to finish it and you might be too. , By Jim Burnett

Something Under the Bed is Drooling , Another great selection of Calvin and Hobbes that stands the test of time. , By Bill Watterson

The Last Jews in Berlin , Despite mass deportations, Gestapo patrols and continual persecution from all corners of the 3rd Reich, several Jews managed to survive World War II hidden in Berlin. This is the collected story of about 5 or 6 of them and how they relied upon sympathetic gentiles, the Swedish Church and their own indomitable will to survive. If you can shut out thinking about the plights of the vast majority of Jews (and homosexuals and political prisoners etc) the book is very redemptive. One piece of advice: All the survivors are introduced by chapter at the start of the book, so don't put it down for a week (as I did) or you'll get confused who is who very quickly. , By Leonard Gross

The Greatest Generation Speaks , This book is a sequel of “The Greatest Generation” and while it’s not necessary to have read the prequel, it would have helped. The book is primarily a collection of responses, mostly in the form of letters that the author received from his other book. While the subject matter sounds compelling, the execution is difficult. Each letter is prefaced by a short introduction by the author, introducing the “contact person”. The contact person then introduces a new character, usually an ancestor or other relative who participated in World War II. This new character then relates a story about him/herself and several other people and their war experience. Sometimes, these are 3rd person accounts written from dim memories 50 years later. Furthermore, the letter writer usually doesn’t have the literary gifts of an author and the prose suffers. All these issues conspire to make a book that should be poignant and amazing into a tough to read tome. , By Tom Brokaw

The Golden Spruce , This book is ostensibly about a beloved, 300 year old genetically mutated Sitka Spruce of golden color that grew off the coast of British Columbia until 1997 when it was cut down by a former logger in protest of logging and devastating clear cutting practices. However, the book is about much more than that tree. It is about European colonization and resource extraction, the Native Haidi Gwaii tribe, ecology, the environment, logging and big business. The text is not in any way preachy, but does present a complex web of issues regarding timber, native civilizations, sustainability and economics. Certainly worth a read. , By John Vaillant

Free Range Kids , This is a great book about how children these days are treated as incompetent and incapable of doing even the simplest of tasks independently, mostly from the far overblown fear of "Stranger Danger" or liability or in the name of supposed safety. The book asserts that children should go out and play instead of fearing that they will be abducted by doing so. The book makes the case that kids should also be allowed to get a boo-boo now and then or lose at an organized sport. Definitely worth a read. , By Lenore Skenazy

Calvin and Hobbes , Although this first collection of Bill Watterson's strips are well over 25 years old, they still hold up today. Excellent reading, highly recommended. , By Bill Watterson

In the Spirit of the Maggid , This book of stories, shiurs and parables contains a chapter about my mother and her grandfather who was killed in the Holocaust, so I'm biased towards this book. However if you're not very familiar with Orthodox Judaism the book might not speak to you even though some of the chapters are inspirational or at least highly coincidental (which the book generally ascribes to divine provenance). , By Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn

Last Words , I'm not sure what I was expecting, but reading George Carlin's sort-of autobiography did not make me like, respect or even understand the man despite the immense talent, vision and iconoclasm of his stand up act. His tough upbringing and drug abuse were insufficient to allow the reader to see what really fueled the comedy. , By George Carlin and Tony Hendra

He's Got the Whole World in His Pants , This book of misheard lyrics or mondegreens as they call them is nothing earth shaking. Some of the lyrics are ones you probably misheard yourself and some are obviously contrived for humor. Passable reading when you have a spare moment waiting for someone. , By Gavin Edwards

Jerks in New Mexico History: Speaking Ill of the Dead , The title is misleading. The book is about Outlaws, Cattle Rustlers, Thieves and other miscreants not about jerks per se. I wanted to read about people who say, stole everyone in town's underwear or something a jerk would do, not shoot-em-up gang members. However, it's a nice primer on the Wild West if you're into that sort of thing. , By Sam Lowe

The Portable Curmudgeon , This is the 2nd time I read this book and for whatever reason, the quotable quotes contained within the book weren't as biting or as relevant as the first time. I think it's because the book relies heavily on quotes from early 20th century commentators such as Oscar Wilde, Gore Vidal, Dorothy Parker, HL Mencken, Oscar Levant ad nauseum. Quotes about Calvin Coolidge may have been really poignant 85 years ago, but they're not very relevant (or even clever) now. , By Jon Winokur

Tom the Dancing Bug , Even 20 years later, the first group of comic strips still hold up unlike so many other comic strip books. , By Ruben Bolling

Bossypants , A book comprised of desultory chapters, all of which are interesting and often funny. The book give the reader lots of insight into the life of the author. I didn't find the book to be super compelling, but I never felt like I wanted to abandon reading it. Lots of references to Hollywood people I've never heard of, the author assumes everyone knows them. , By Tina Fey

I Hate Your Guts , If you don't find this book offensive, there's something wrong with you. If you don't find this book funnier than it is offensive, there's something wrong with you. Jim Norton spends the entire book dumping on people he dislikes, but even if you don't know all these characters (you won't) the book is still laugh out loud funny and just plain wrong. , By Jim Norton

Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit , An excellent book covering 60 years of Andy Rooney's writing. Wry, entertaining, curmudgeonly, thought provoking and accessible. The only quibble I might have with this book is that some of the writing is dated, especially with regards to the cost of things and sometimes events. I wish there had been more of his earlier Stars and Stripes writing to get a fuller perspective on him. , By Andy Rooney

Hull and Nantasket Beach , This is a book about the history of Hull and Nantasket Beach through pictures and narrative. It wouldn't be of interest to anyone who has not been in Hull. The one major thing it is lacking is a map showing where each photo was taken from. That one thing would make the book many times better.

The Art of ImproviZEN , This book was written by friends of mine, so if I tell you it's excellent and teaches you how to be a more positive, productive team player (and is funny to boot) would you believe me? , By Four Day Weekend

Friends Like These , Another great book from Danny Wallace, this time about turning 30 years old and trying to update his 15 year old address book by finding a dozen friends from his long-ago past. Not quite as funny as some of his other works, but still extremely entertaining. , By Danny Wallace

Teenage Waistland , This is an excellent book about childhood obesity. If I were an obese teen or was the parent of one, the book would be an excellent resource. That said, the book is at its best when the author recounts her personal experiences with weight loss and being overweight as well as the perception of being overweight. , By Abby Ellin

Sh*tty Mom , Instead of doling out parental advice giving platitudes about ideal parenting methods, this book provides practical, hilarious advice for real-world situations. Highly recommended. , By Laurie Kilmartin

The Wicked Wit of the West , This book chronicles the life of Hollywood Golden Age screenwriter, Irving Brecher through a series of interviews and narrative. Mr. Brecher wrote primarily comedy, for example two Marx Brothers movies and stand-up bits for Jack Benny, Milton Berle and others., This is what piqued my interest. Mr. Brecher is clearly funny throughout the book (often in a schmaltzy kind of way) and relates anecdotes and opinions with a humorous mien. However, the author ruined the book for me. I got the impression that he was far more interested in hanging around with a famous person -- a nonagenerian at the time -- than writing a book chronicling his life. The author inserts himself into every possible situation and you get the feeling that he's browbeating the guy with unfunny bits all day long. Mr. Brecher puts up with it to make sure the book gets written. He even jokes to the author: let's finish this before I die. A quick check of the book's copyright date and Mr. Brecher's death show that the author just couldn't manage to finish the book before he dies, a horrible travesty in my mind. In summary, I feel the author ruined what could have been a reasonably good book, especially if you care about Hollywood crap in the post-vaudeville days. , By Hank Rosenfeld

Soft Paths , I am a Leave No Trace Trainer and follow the ethic extensively in my Fitpacking business. This book eloquently states the principles behind Leave No Trace. It would be impossible to follow every step to the degree with which they are laid out. Therefore this book works best if you consider the contents the ideal to which to aspire as an individual and a group. One other item: The book appeared to be a little dated. It was published 10 years ago and I got the feeling that much of the content originated 20 years before that. Not that most points are not well taken, just that the examples seemed a bit dated, such as trenching tents (does anyone still do that?) , By Bruce Hampton and David Cole

Ojibway Tales , I read a fair amount of books by or about Native Americans and their cultures, but this book is much different from all the rest. It is a collection of humorous tales that give the reader a far deeper understanding of First Peoples’ societies than the typical anthropological tome. The book humanizes the Ojibway by realistically showing their interaction with each other, white people and nature. Sometimes clever, sometimes self-deprecating, but always interesting. , By Basil Johnston

Harpo Speaks , This autobiography of Harpo Marx came highly recommended by a friend and pretty much everybody who evaluated it on line. However, I found it to be only somewhat interesting as it went into great detail about the paparazzi of the 1920s and 1930s, many of whom I never heard of. Of course I understand that the beautiful and famous of almost 100 years ago were his peers and friends, but I found the continual name-dropping to be off-putting. I also found that despite living through the Great Depression and World Wars I & II, that his anecdotes were all about croquet and show business and his powerful friends and that his life seemed completely unaffected by the incredible amount of misery that transpired during his lifetime. There was not much insight about his brothers either, not that it was necessary, but it might have been interesting. Possibly a worthwhile book to read, but get ready for misogynistic referrals to woman as dames, broads, etc. , By Harpo Marx

A Sand County Almanac , Given the unevolved state of environmental thinking when this was written, it is a brilliant book on wilderness ethics and philosophy, clearly forward thinking in terms of protecting rapidly vanishing nature from our manifest destiny against it. But even Leopold shows he is not immune to the social mores of his time, accepting that harmul treatment of the environment and indiscriminate hunting are just what youth are supposed to do. Plus, he is somehow against university education and professors. I can't for the life of me figure out why, unless he's speaking of Animal Husbandry agricultural colleges and the like. Still, if you are an environmentalist (or conservationist if you hate liberal people for no particular reason) then you should read this book. , By Aldo Leopold

Yes Man! , This is an incredibly enjoyable read about a man fighting depression who began saying yes to absolutely everything after a mysterious encounter with a guy on a bus. Although his ex-girlfriend calls it a Stupid Boy Project, the author's new directive both brings him and takes away riches, including in his personal life. Highly recommended. , By Danny Wallace

A Compendium of Odd Laws , This book was mildly entertaining at times and I am being extremely generous. But most of the odd laws are not all that far fetched, for example the one prohibiting the abuse of sporting event officials which you could certainly see a reason for when applied to amateurs. The only reason I finished the book at all is because my Kindle had to be turned off when taking off and landing on my last flight and there was no in-flight magazine by my seat. , By Susan Savoca Twarog

The Pine Barrens , I picked up this book because I'll be hiking in the Pine Barrens this fall, but unfortunately the book is a snapshot in time of what the Pine Barrens were like over 40 years ago. While the history pre-1960s is still germane, much has changed in the area over the last half-century, even with what little I know. The book is therefore frustrating. For example, the last chapter details a plan for an immense regional airport and comprehensive conservation plan, neither of which have come to pass. Reading about a future that never happened is kind of a big waste of time. Still, the book is reasonably interesting, even if it relies heavily on the testimony of 3 or 4 Pineys, as they are called. , By John McPhee

23 Days in July , What could have been a great book about the Tour de France, one that really explains its day-in, day-out rigors and experiences, was tainted by the writer placing himself into the action. It was not only unnecessary, it detracted from the reporting of the race itself. A bit heavy on Lance Armstrong, but since this book chronicles the 2004 race where he won his 6th straight Tour de France, it's forgivable. , By John Wilcockson

Loneliness , This was a reasonably good book that is ostensibly a go-to reference on most aspects of loneliness. It's part self-help, part anthropology, part chemistry, part biology with lots of social science. Interest level ebbs and flows because the book is often a compendium of research studies that are strung together in somewhat entertaining prose form. , By John T. Cacioppo & William Patrick

More Sex is Safer Sex , Burning a book sounds shocking, but an economist like the dolt that wrote this would argue that it provided a lot of utility for me, not only in the pleasure with which I disposed of such rubbish, but in the way it provided me warmth. Of course, Landsburg would argue that the real test of utility would be if it provides a greater good, which it clearly does since its disposal not only prevents people from wasting their precious time and money, it also means they wouldn't have to consider has idiotic, histrionic, misguided and patently obscene arguments and conclusions. On top of all that, the book is written in a completely haughty, unlikable style as every pages screams, "I'm smarter than you!" , By Steven E. Landsburg

Born to Kvetch , This book is pretty much targeted to me, a person whose parents spoke, understood and were raised with Yiddish. It's great at explaining the nuances of words and phrases you might have heard growing up in America but didn't always know exactly what they meant. For anyone who wants to learn Yiddish, I think it would be a great pre-requisite, since it delves into the culture behind the language, and does a great job of explaining the mindset of Yiddish, not just the words. It was funny at times and usually pretty interesting, but not always a page turner. , By Michael Wex

Crazy Horse , This is a complete, highly detailed biography of the life and times of Crazy Horse. It is so detailed, that it is a far better historical reference book than a biography. The book delineates conflicts, conversations, dreams, battles, and most everything that could be gleaned from his life and time, in painstaking detail. The information contained in the book was gathered by the author in interviews with the actual people written about approximately 50 years after most of the incidents occurred. I found the prose far too detailed for anyone but scholars, which means it is as complete and definitive as we have. This book is an indispensible reference that just wasn't very readable. I gave up after 166 pages. , By Mari Sandoz

The Lobster Chronicles , This book is ostensibly about 3 things. Lobstering, small island life (on Isle au Haut) and the author's life. While it touches upon all of these tripartite subjects, it never really delivers depth on any of them. This is unfortunate since there is probably a lot that remains unsaid. , By Linda Greenlaw

The Hunt For Amazing Treasures , I picked this up on a whim because I enjoy Antiques Roadshow, American Pickers, and that sort of thing. This book pre-dates such productions by over 10 years, so I thought it might contain some really interesting finds. Although the book profiles a few interesting rarities, the emphasis is decidedly put on treasure. Chapter after chapter drones on about shipwrecks carrying gold and jewels. Too few chapters cover really interesting finds such as an original Mark Twain manuscript and the oldest pair of Levi's ever found. But if you want to read about people finding diamonds and coins and that sort of thing, this is the book for you. Every chapter comes with a pathetic moral such as "So next time you dig in your backyard, that rock might just be worth something!" , By Sondra Farrell Bazrod

Born To Run , This is a very good book about ultra-marathoning. The actual running prose is compelling. However, the author repeatedly imposes fake drama and over the top personality traits to the characters, as if to attempt to make the book read like fiction. It doesn't need this embellishment, which actually detracts from the book. The Tarahumara angle is also very interesting, but not nearly as mysterious or prominent as the hype the author foists on the reader. Still, a quite readable account of ultra long distance running and a worthwhile read. , By Christopher McDougall

The Tenacity of the Cockroach , This was a fairly interesting book of interviews with not-quite-so-famous, but interesting characters and celebrities. Unfortunately, too many of those interviewed complained bitterly about how no music, art, film, whatever was good anymore. The I am so cool negativity was disappointing to see in interview after interview. However, there were lots of cult or less-than-mainstream heroes featured, so the insight into their lives made this book a worthwhile read. , By The Onion AV Club

Funny Trail Tales , This book performs its stated function well. It's an anthology of short stories related to the outdoors, sometimes tangentially. The book is a quick read and perfect to take with you on a backpacking trip, especially because it's so light weight. , By Amy Kelley

Operating Instructions , This is a book written by a writer in her mid-30s who decideded to have and raise a child without a father present. These days, it would be a blog about the baby's first year, but as this was written pre-internet, it's a book and reasonably interesting. There was something off-putting about the writer's style that I could never put my finger on. Whether it was her neuroses or occasional cynicism, I found it less engaging than the fawning about her baby, which was to be expected. Plus, too few pages were devoted to her close friend who ultimately died of cancer. , By Anne Lamott

It Goes Without Saying , This is a book of Peanuts comic strips that have no words in them. The quality amount of creativity Charles Schultz created in his 50 years is nothing short of amazing. Sure, some strips are similar to others, but nowhere near the way you have come to expect in less creative venues like the Family Circus. , By Charles M. Schulz

Citizen Lazlo! , After having read several ripoffs, such as Letters From a Nut, Idiot Letters, and the ODouls of Reseda, I was ready to give up on the fake letter genre. But then I read this book and although it can't compare to the original, my faith is restored that the author is still pre-eminent in this domain, even if some of the luster has worn off. Plus, a lot of letter recipients were on to him. So it was still good, but not great. , By Don Novello

Goal Free Living , The book is all about how to achieve incredible success in life by giving up on goals. And if you don't experience incredible success, at least you'll be happy (but possibly poor, which is largely ignored). I thought the idea behind the book was great, but the prose dragged a lot in the beginning. It got better, especially when the people the author encountered on his cross country trip were featured. Plus towards the end, the book was much more inspirational and motivational in contrast to the beginning that sounded a lot like anothere management consulting book. Worth a read if it comes your way. , By Stephen M. Shapiro

Weird, Scary, & Unusual , I really wanted to like the book, but despite the fact that the Air Sickness Bag Museum is given a full page of coverage, I couldn't read enough of the text to get to the page it's on. I gave up after 71 pages of mostly ghost-related anecdotes. , By Susan McGowan

The Golden Ratio , This is a pretty good book about The Golden Ratio, also called Phi (the square root of 5 + 1 )/ 2. The book is at its best during mathematical analysis. The proofs in the index are noteworthy, as are the surprising panopoly of ways it appears in geometry as well as its relation to Fibonacci numbers. However, the book also drones on and on about the art-history side of trying to tenuously link the irrational constant to art, architecture, music, literature, and philosophy. The scant few times it succeeds leaves the reader with a "well duh" feeling, since any pentagon or pentagram based art will necessarily encounter Phi. The fractal section is very good, but would have been amazing had they linked it to cellular automata. The book is very accessible to the non-mathematician. , By Mario Livio

Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Everyone , The title of this book is actually pretty amusing, as hieroglyphics are not only not for everyone, but for the rare few scholars that devote years of study to them. If you read this book thinking that you can learn to read Egyptian crypts after only 96 pages, you'll be sadly disappointed. However, if you want a broad overview, the book excels. You not only get the functional mechanics of hieroglyphs, but a good understanding of how one would read and pronounce them. Furthermore, cultural references are explained without being unnecessarily poetic or detailed. For example the Rosetta Stone is covered in just the right amount of detail for this text. If one wants to learn hieroglyphics, this would be a great place to start. , By Joseph and Lenore Scott

Happy Endings , I found this autobiographical book of comedian Jim Norton's experiences to be highly offensive, which is precisely why it's so amazingly funny. I really liked the honesty, self-deprecation, and the just-plain-wrong-ness of this book. Highly recommended (but not for everyone). , By Jim Norton

The O'Dooles of Reseda , This book borrows heavily from Don Novello's seminal work of bogus letters, "The Laszlo Letters", only not nearly as well executed. Plus times change. In the 70s, it was assumed that anyone who wrote a letter was serious. By the 90s when the book was written, this was no longer the case. And in 2010 where internet scams are ubiquitous, it's common to look askance at just about everything. Not really worth reading though it's good for a smile here and there. , By Tim Ballou and Linda Higgins

The Know-It-All , Ostensibly the story of a man who reads the entire Encyclopedia Britannica on a quest to become the smartest person in the world, the book is a chronicle of entertaining anecdotes about the author's life, interwoven with encyclopedic entries. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think you will too. , By A. J. Jacobs

Healing the Shame That Binds You , This self help book about shame isn't really that great, even as books of this genre go, but maybe because it addressed severe shame that doesn't apply to me. Inexplicably, the author continually inserts his own personal shame anecdotes and 3rd person references to his earlier works into the book. It was pretty off putting. I only picked the book up in the first place because my therapist suggested it, however when I told him I wasn't getting much out of it, he told me I could put it down, which I did on page 101. , By John Bradshaw

The Art of Idiocy , Before reading this book, I would have never believed that a grade school child could be so humorous, precocious, mischevious, and lovable all at a very young age. But this engaging collection of stories from the author's past entertain and maybe even educate. This book is a fast, page turning read. Highly recommended. , By Brian N. Fuller

The Year of Living Biblically , This is an excellent book about a secular guy who decided to live his life by the literal word of the Bible. It's well written with good humor, but if you've ever spent a lot of time around very religious Jewish people, you may not be as surprised or shocked as the author would like you to be. , By A. J. Jacobs

The Aladdin Factor , I’m really not that big a fan of the self-improvement and motivation genre, but even within that, this book wasn’t that great. It contains a surfeit of vignettes about asking for what you want. I didn’t like the preaching of motivational speakers encouraging their disciples to ask for things they didn’t need just because people were nice enough to give it to them. It also seemed like all the people quoted were in sales, the success industry, or motivation. Not a lot of computer programmers, doctors, police or other real careers. Plus, I thought the whole Aladdin parable was pointless. , By Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

Pickets and Dead Men , This is a book I really wanted to love about a Mt. Rainier climbing ranger. The main frustration I had with the book is that the author didn't come off as likeable. She's clearly a talented climber, EMT, and worker, but almost all of the rescue stories were told with external drama. For instance she always seemed to be cold, wet, tired, blistered, or whatever just prior to a grueling rescue effort. She also spent a lot of time expressing her insecurities about the job, her relationships and that sort of thing, but never seemed to be open enough to express these vulnerably to those she came in contact with. Still, the book is great at describing what the life of a ranger can be like as well as insightful about mountain rescue. , By Bree Loewen

109 Forgotten American Heroes , This book is a great impulse buy, graphically interesting, and occasionally poignant, but not really a page turner. The book's subjects aren't really heroes at all, but they are pretty interesting nonetheless. , By Chris Ying, Brian McMullen

The Bridges of Madison County , This book was given to me by a friend and I found it to be very moving, emotional and poignant. , By Robert James Waller

A Walk in the Woods , I first read this back in 1997 or so and loved it. However, upon re-reading it, it just wasn't quite as funny or entertaining as it was the first time. Close, but not quite. Still, anyone who has never hiked or backpacked should read it. , By Bill Bryson

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur , Although slightly off-color at times, the book is an excellent, eminently readable, treatise on how to start a business creatively. It's written in a light-hearted and humorous vein and will keep you reasonably captivated even if you're not considering starting a business, which I wasn't when I read it. , By Mike Michaelowicz

The Pursuit of WOW! , I don't usually read management weenie books, but this one was passably interesting. While I appreciated the author being contrarian, some of his advice was downright irresponsible. While I might chide my colleagues to quit their job, I think it can be harmful for a high powered management consultant to demand, Quit You Job … Today! Maybe that advice works for his CEO contemporaries, but it could easily destroy a family who is just barely scraping by. Some of the book is also dated. Entire chapters are written trying to make the case to computerize. Worth reading, but not going out of your way for. , By Tom Peters

Ship's Doctor , The author is one of only 14 people in the world (at the time) to be a Senior Medical Officer on an Air Craft Carrier. I learned quite a bit about the Navy and Air Craft Carriers in general, and the personal story of the author. Ostensibly a subject I have no interest in, the book kept me interested through the end of his deployment. The reader is even given closure on the revolving cast of characters that staff Naval Vessles. , By Capt. Terrence Riley

Me Talk Pretty Someday , This is the 3rd David Sedaris book I've read and like the others, I find myself laughing at his true to life anecdotes that come from a highly dysfunctional upbringing. This book mostly chronicles his time in France, as well as North Carolina. Recommended. , By David Sedaris

Harry Fig's Cartoon Boston , It's just a book of cartoons about Boston, but much like adding trivial items to a to-do list so you can check them off later, I figured I'd add it here. Not all that humorous a book if you aren't from Boston -- or if you are. , "Peter Wallace"

The Year of Loving Dangerously , A graphical novel about Ted Rall's life that shows how quickly life can turn for just about anyone. In the current down economy, this book speaks to those of us who have experienced life changes due to unforseen circumstances not of our own doing. , By Ted Rall and Pablo G. Callejo

Tree Spiker , A great book about Mike Roselle's activism in starting Earth First!, Rainforest Action Network, and Lowbagger.org. The book inspires action on environmental issues without being heavy handed. The book has a recurring, laudable undercurrent of preaching non-violence in all actions to protect the planet. , By Mike Roselle and Josh Mahan

Dear Wit , The intended audience for this book seems to consist primarily of Buzz Killington of the Family Guy. Mildly witty quotes gleaned from correspondence between long past literati, congnasceti, and aristocrats engender an ever so slight sense of bemusement in the reader. Frequently, the explanation of the social situation necessary to set up the actual quote is longer than the barb itself. I gave up after 136 pages, which is possibly even longer than Buzz Killington lasted. , By H. Jack Lang

America on Six Rubles a Day , While I remember Yakov Smirnoff having a pretty funny act years ago, the humor doesn't hold up to time like you'd hope. He has 2 basic formulas. 1. Making light of an American euphemism that's confusing to a foreigner: "On golf courses they have a ball washer. What a country!" and 2. In America they do this, in Russia they do that, "In America you shoot for being a politician, in Russia politicians shoot you!". These jokes are repeated over and over in machine gun fashion with no deeper development. The frustrating thing was that the few times he strayed from the formula, it was really funny. , By Yakov Smirnoff

A Long Way From Home , I didn't know that much about Tom Brokaw before reading this autobiographical book that's ostensibly meant to be about growing up in South Dakota in the 1950s. Although the book was pretty interesting, the balance was a little heavy on Brokaw and light on South Dakota. , By Tom Brokaw

Wonder Wart-Hog and the Nurds of November , This is an excellent Cartoon Novel about a super-hero called Wonder Warthog. Even 40 years after parts of this anthology were first published, the stories and humor hold up reasonably well. Recommended. , By Gilbert Shelton

F.I.T. You WILL Make YOU Succeed! , The author sent this book to me to give out as a premium for Fitpacking participants. While the book has some basic info about being healthy, it's not very cohesively written. I found all the typos and poor usage of English off putting as well. , By Robert Jay Martin

Tower , In the mid to late 90's, author Bill Henderson decided to buy some property in Maine and build a tower there for no particular reason. As the book progresses, one learns there are many reasons for his construction, fueled by his religious upbringing, marriage issues, deaths of people close to him, and other demons. The book is actually pretty interesting, containing practical as well as spiritual advice. Easy to read, but not necessarily a compelling page turner. , By Bill Henderson

The Far Side Gallery 4 , I'm sad to say that the anthology of this comic strip really doesn't hold up 15-20 years after it was generally accepted that Gary Larson was the funniest genius ever to take to pen and ink. , By Gary Larson

Ishi in Two Worlds , In 1911, a half starved Native American subsequently named Ishi, who had survived alone and undetected in the wild for many years, was found at a ranch in a remote section of Northern California. This is a sad, heartbreaking chronicle of the end of his civilization, the final Native American living in the wild. Ishi's story is fascinating because he is the main window into an extinct civilization. Ishi himself was an interesting character because of his sensibilities and how they differed from the culture to which he entered. The book is written somewhat dispassionately in an anthropological mien which neither adds nor detracts from the story. , By Theodora Kroeber

How to be Happy Dammit , This gift book of positive thinking and light-self help was somewhat engaging, but nothing that will change your life. For whatever reason, it took me about 4 years to read this book completely. I'd pick it up and read half of it, then put it away for a year. It was more engaging than that, but not much. , By Karen Salmansohn

An Underground Education , This book is something like A People's History of the United States only much more folksy and anecdotal, concentrating on lower-brow historical facts often concentrating on bathroom and bedroom habits of historical figures. The book could be entertaining at times debunking historical myths that most people consider common knowledge, but overall not always compelling. , By Richard Zacks

A Monk Swimming , This book is about a post World War II Irish immigrant to New York City and his experiences on the docks and in the bars. Well, that's what it was about in the first 28 pages, because I gave up after one too many down-and-out characters got drunk too many times. , By Malachy McCourt

The Book of Stupid Questions , If you enjoyed Tom Weller's prior masterpieces, Science Made Stupid and Cvltvre Made Stvpid, well, you probably still won't like this book. Out of 113 stupid questions, about 10 were amusing. , By Tom Weller

The Trunk Murduress: Winnie Ruth Judd , In 1931, a woman named Winnie Ruth Judd shot her two closest friends to death. One of the friends was dismembered and both were thrown into trunks. Ms. Judd left Phoenix with the trunks and when she reached Los Angeles, the grisly remains were found in her luggage. Though she was the only one convicted in the murders, this book painstakingly details why others were involved and why there was a conspiracy to protect them. Detail by detail are listed, explained, and refuted in order to establish that Ms. Judd shot her friends in self-defense. The problem is that the minutiae is mind-numbing. I didn't really care about every single witness testimony or anything else. I just wanted to know what probably happened, which I was still about 50 pages from when I gave up reading on page 132. , By Jana Bommersbach

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff … and it's all small stuff , This book took me about 6 months to read. It's ostensibly a quick, easy read that imparts the reader with useful pop therapy, but I just could not get through it despite the fact that the chapters are all 3 pages long or less. Mostly what I learned from this book is that the author has some pretty ugly thoughts go through his head on a regular basis, but is now able to control them by thinking about how great his daughters are. , By Richard Carlson

Still Life With Chickens , The main reason I read this book is that it takes place in Hull, MA, where I live. The book is a light, somewhat interesting autobiography from a woman who had to move from the wealthy neighboring community to the more modest town of Hull. The author goes through a divorce, downsizes her life, brings her daughter with her and raises chickens, using them as a parable for life and personal emotional growth of a woman reaching mid-life, triumphing in the end, yadda, yadda, yadda. Easy to read, especially because of the local flavor, but if the setting of the book was elsewhere, I probably would not have read it or had much interest. , By Catherine Goldhammer

Three Cups of Tea , This is an unbelievably good book, a must read. It's the story of an American named Greg Mortenson, a one-time alpinist who attempted to summit K2, only to find his life's work building schools in the poor rural areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The book demonstrates how educating people -- primarily Muslims -- in these poverty stricken areas does more to promote peace and combat terrorism than all the force we have used in the region, especially Afghanistan. This book does as good a job as any resource in teaching readers half a world away about Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Taliban than most other sources, and it does it in a very humane and compelling way. , By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Eat the Rich , The title of this book is supposed to be funny or engaging or alluring, but it's none of these. And it only tangentially relates to the book. At its best, it illustrates complex economic systems with humorous anecdotes and unlikely metaphors. At its worst, it devolves into dogmatic preaching for free markets at all costs and a diatribe against every socialist more, such as equality. But in retrospect, I think the author just travelled around the world for pleasure and decided post facto to write about his drunken adventures under the guise of an economics primer. , By P.J. O'Rourke

Judaikitsch , This is a pretty cute book about Jewish themed arts and crafts projects you can make that are fun, silly, or kitcschy. I only tried one of the projects and it took way more time than I would have ever expected and came out much worse than the book's example. But this probably reflects my abilities more than the book's sensibilities. , By Jennifer and Victoria Traig

Wait Till Next Year , I guess it's just coincidence that I recently read another autobiography (Larry King) about growing up with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Unfortunately, this book didn't resonate with me in the same way. The author grew up in Rockville Center, not Brooklyn, had a Catholic upbringing, and had a writing style that engaged me at times, but not consistently. I really wanted to care more about the author's family and friends, but could never quite accomplish it. Still, the book is interesting and does a reasonably good job of capturing the 50s, baseball, and the culture of the day. As a bonus, the author reflects upon greater themes such as racism, suburban flight, and other important ideas that are beyond the scope of the typical autobiography. , By Doris Kearns Goodwin

Houdini: Master of Illusion , Not a bad book about Houdini. The best part about it was that it dispelled all the mystery and false notions about his life and death. For example, he died from complications due to being punched in the stomach, not from doing a trick. Worth browsing through if it comes your way. , By Clinton Cox

Bringing Down the House , This is the true story of the MIT blackjack team beting Vegas and other gambling casinos. No matter how hard the author tried to turn this story into some kind of fictional account, the book is still quite good. In fact, the author pointlessly places himself into the book repeatedly, a story in which he had no part. I can only imagine how much more compelling this book would have been had a different author written it. , By Ben Mezrich

500 Nations , This book broke my heart. It details the history of Native Americans from the pre-Columbian meso-American period to the beginning of the 20th century. Millions of Native Americans were tortured, killed, sold into slavery, driven off their land, swindled, lied to, and massacred in a wholly successful attempt to destroy their civilizations, ways of life, and drive them off the land, often in the name of Christianity or for their “own good”. No matter how many books I read about First Nations peoples, there is always more brutality and suffering that usurps the cultures which I’d like to learn more about, but are lost to history. , By Alvin M Josephy, Jr.

The Dilbert Bunch , If you run across this gift book, read it because it's funny, but it's unfortunately pretty short. , By Scott Adams

How Does It Work? , The upside to this book is that you really do learn how common mechanisms, such as toasters and thermometers work. The book must walk the line of not being too simplistic, nor being too theoretical, which it does reasonably well. However the book does not always explain things well, even with the illustrations. Furthermore, the book was written in 1961, so despite being quite prescient at times, it's really dated. For example, the chapter on vacuum tubes was rather superfluous. , By Richard M. Koff

Thank You for Being You , A little gift book that's a nice way to say Thank You. , By Bradley Trevor Greive

When You're From Brooklyn, Everything Else is Tokyo , This book was enjoyable because like Larry King, my father also grew up in Brooklyn around the same time. While my father grew up in Eastern Parkway instead of Bensonhurst, there were still a lot of simlarities. The book was a steady stream of amusing anecdotes in which the main character other than Mr. King, was Brooklyn. A little too much name dropping of stars for my taste, but otherwise very down-to-earth and easy to read. , By Larry King and Marty Appel

Early Bird , This was an excellent, compelling, and humorous book by a guy who tried out retirement at age 28. I identified with it because like me, he's a Jewish guy. He also lived in Century Village, a retirement community my mother has a place in. The book chronicles his interactions with retirees, their quirks, their personalities, and illustrates what life in a retirement community is really like. , By Rodney Rothman

A Walk for Sunshine , I enjoyed reading this book by a guy who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail to raise money for the Sunshine House for the developmentally disabled and mentally retarded. It is written in a very simple style and was often a page turner. However, there's just something about the book and the author that I can't put my finger on that put me off. Despite the quotes about the book, he seemed to have false modesty and didn't nearly possess the humor he said he did (tip-off right there). Still, a good chronicle of what thru-hiking involves and worth reading. , By Jeff Alt

The Truth (With Jokes) , This book visibly upset me. While I was aware of the corruption, hubris, and incompetence of the Bush Administration, I could not imagine just how venal it truly is. This book is one you should read, but don't expect many jokes. , By Al Franken

The Illustrated Origin of the Species , I picked this up because I wanted to speak intelligently about evolution when confronted by religious zealots, but found out that I didn't really care enough about evolutionary biology to finish the book, time better spent reading up on genomic research. I gave up after 60 pages. , By Charles Darwin

The Ultimate Book of Useless Information , A somewhat interesting easy read that's more entertaining than factual. For instance, the book asserts that "The average person over fifty will have spent a year looking for lost or mislaid items." This works out to an average of a little under a half hour per day, every day of your life, even as an infant. This, as with many facts in the book, can't possibly be true. , By Noel Botham

All I really need to know I learned from watching Star Trek , Despite the title, comparisons to and gleanings from Star Trek are often just tangentially related to the anecdotes in this book. Still, if you’re a fan of Star Trek’s original series, the book is a reasonably fast, entertaining read. , By Dave Marinaccio

Cellular Automata , In spite of having no background in Cellular Automata, I found this book to be extremely accessible and clearly written with many illustrative examples. I read the book cover-to-cover and understood it all, which for a textbook is really saying something. For the layman, it helps to have a strong mathematical background as well as a keen interest in number theory, but none of this is necessary. One of the nice things about this book is that if for some reason you don’t understand a topic such as say, the Sierpinski Triangle, the rest of the book is not predicated upon it, even if it is called back on occasion. Highly recommended. , By Joel Schiff

Shelf Space , Pretty interesting book about packaging design in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. The accompanying text isn't all that captivating, but is interesting enough to explain the many design examples contained within. , By Jerry Jankowski

A Girl Named Zippy , Well I would never have even picked up this book if the title was "A Girl Named Amy" or whatever. The book is filled with vignettes of non-events from small town Indiana that were oddly compelling and often humorous. Reading between the lines exposes quite a bit of misery as well as simple joy of small town living in the early 70s. , By Haven Kimmel

Nothing's Sacred , This mostly autobiographical book is really funny and extremely engaging, without being just a bunch of bits from Lewis Black's act stuck together. , By Lewis Black

Black Ice , St. Paul's School had traditionally been all male and white. This autobiography was written by a black woman who pioneered diversity at the school. The author tries to establish how difficult it was to be different in a traditionally white, patriarchal environment, but can barely make the case of her hardship. Indeed it seems that most of her misgivings were internal. There just wasn't any insight as to her struggles. Plus, she recounts experiences and discussions in extreme detail even though they happened almost 20 years before the book was published. , By Lorene Cary

Shackleton's Forgotten Men , Not many people know that during Shackleton's famed Antarctic adventure on the Endurance, another team of men was dispatched to the other side of Antarctica to lay supplies out for his traverse across the continent. This is the harrowing story of those men and their 2 year ordeal in bleak, starving, brutish conditions, continually fighting for their lives. This story chronicles their ordeal and is definitely a compelling read. , By Lennard Bickel

Schindler's List , Although the movie was incredibly important and unbelievably well executed, the book was difficult to follow. , By Thomas Keneally

Morrie: In His Own Words , Not to disparage an inspirational guy who died of ALS, but this book wasn't all that insightful. I think it would be a lot more meaningful to those who are dying, but as someone who still has the illusion of immortality, the gleanings about how to deal with mortality didn't resonate with me. I may re-visit this book someday, but at the moment will continue to live like a Rock Star. , By Morrie Schwartz

Barrel Fever , David Sedaris is at his best when he writes non-fiction. Unfortunately, many of the stories contained in this book were concocted, which I didn't find all that entertaining. It started making me think that he embellishes his true-to-life works somewhat, and that was disappointing. So a lot of this book was just OK, until I reached the last chapter SantaLand Diaries which was unbelievably good, and the type of riotous invective I've come to enjoy from the author. , By David Sedaris

This Book Sucks , An uninspired book that doesn't do justice to Beavis and Butthead -- and that's saying something. A far cry from Peace, Love, and Understanding. , By Sam Johnson and Chris Marcel

How to Live With a Neurotic Cat , This book consists of essentially 4 or 5 tired cat jokes repeated over and over again. I got through 4 chapters and then gave up. The illustrations are pretty well done though. , By Stephen Baker

The Beastly Book , This is a very interesting book about 100 dangerous animals, from protozoa to charismatic megafauna. Written in an entertaining, easily digestible style, children and adults alike can enjoy and learn from it. My minor gripe is that the book only really needs about 75 dangerous creatures, and in order to pad it to 100, there was a bit of somewhat lame filler. But overall worth a read. The illustrations are excellent too. , By Jeanne K. Hanson

A Civil Action , This book was a compelling read, well researched and painstakingly detailed. It's the true story of a group of families whose groundwater had been poisoned by Tricholoroethelyne and the lawsuit against the companies that were responsible. Engaging, sad, and disturbing. , By Jonathan Harr

Dealing With People You Can't Stand , The title of this book is a little more engaging than the book, but the contents frame difficult people, i.e. those you hate, as those in Get it Done mode or Get Appreciated mode. When borderline psychotic personality traits such as bulldozing over someone (The Tank) is viewed in the light of someone driven to 'Get it Done', strategies for dealing with said person are easier to learn. My only gripe about the book is the uber-fake examples strewn throughout the book. , By Rick Brinkman and Rick Kirschner

Silent Spring , It is a rare book indeed that survives the test of time and is still as poignant today as it was when written, in this case 45 years ago. When Rachel Carson sounded the call against poisoning the earth with insecticides, and the government actually responded, you wouldn't have thought that spraying would continue to be used today. But with poison treatments with Abate and other chemicals for EEE, we seem to have learned little. This book is generally credited for having gotten DDT banned, as well as other extraordinarily toxic chemicals such as malathion and chlordane, which produced chemical resistant insects while indiscriminately killing plants, animals, and causing many cancers in humans. An important read. , By Rachel Carson

The Joy of Work , While all Dilbert books are funny, this one had an extra dimension. Instead of being a collection of comic strips or a book of funny ideas and prose, this book actually gives you insight into what makes Scott Adams tick. He also presents the reader with informative secrets of how to be creative and humorous. , By Scott Adams

Interviewing America's Top Interviewers , I never learn. The book was published 20 years ago and has become less relevant as most of the subjects are out of the public spotlight, retired, or dead. Still, the book is interesting, but it palpably demonstrates that top tier interviewers do not necessarily make the best interviewees. , By Jack Huber and Dean Diggins

dot.bomb , This book details the rise and fall of Internet giant-to-be Value America. It's an excellent in-depth look at the Internet gold rush of the late 90's and is written in a style that delves into personalities over hard number like a business school case. I personally took away from this book that I could never survive even the lowest levels of corporate politics. , By J. David Kuo

Don't Call Me Pig , A cute kids story about Javelinas , By Conrad J. Storad

Pinball , It's a coffee table book containing sparse information about the history of pinball. Much of the photographs seem to be German advertising pieces instead of actual photos of pinball games. Disappointing, but worth thumbing through. , By Phil Goddard (translator)

We Die Alone , This is the amazing tale of survival of Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian man in World War II whose ship was sunk by the Germans. He subsequently spent the next 5 months trying to escape Norway to Sweden, suffering frostbite, gangrene, hypothermia, and cutting off 9 of his own toes. A harrowing tale of survival and humanity by those who risked their lives to help him. , By David Howarth

Confessions of a Key West Cabby , This book frustrates you at once because, much like a cab driver, you are never sure of the outcome of what happens once your fare leaves the cab. But once you let go of that, the stories, like the island of Key West, become engaging, especially while you're in Key West. Once you leave the island, the book is less enjoyable somehow. , By Michael Suib

His Majesty’s Bark Endeavor , Knowing nothing about Captain Cook save for name recognition, I anticipated learning about his global sea explorations on the ship Endeavor. Although the book was enlightening and often engaging, the text frequently devolved into two inferior miens; centuries old lists the author presented as prose and references to a full-scale replica of the Endeavor built in the 1990s. I wish more of the book had described the voyage, although admittedly one can present only what is in the surviving journals. , By Antonia Macarthur

A Brief History of Time , Like every other book of the cosmos in layman’s terms genre, this book fails to answer any of the big questions in a satisfactory way. Oh sure, a reader can learn all sorts of things about how the universe is expanding, cosmological radiation, and how theoretical models indicate the state of the universe microseconds after the Big Bang, but the conclusions are completely inaccessible since they’re manifestations of equations that model observable phenomenon. For instance, referring to imaginary time or asserting that it doesn’t matter / can’t be determined what happened before the Big Bang leaves a reader empty. I gave up after 136 pages. , By Stephen Hawking

Thru Hikers Guide to America , Great book that’s more than just statistics about long distance hiking trails in the USA. Actually gives you a feel for the trails themselves. But more than that, vital hiker-based information such as water availability, terrain, weather and re-supply are covered in detail. My only beef is the author’s insistence on expecting readers to average as many as 18 miles per day, probably to show off how accomplished he thinks he is. Still, an excellent book. , By E. Schlimmer

Now You Know , I really wanted to be sympathetic to Kitty Dukakis’ plight of substance abuse, but it was often difficult to be so, especially since I wanted to see her as the charismatic character I had experienced during the 1988 presidential election. I do wish the book concentrated more on her election experience than her addictions, which I found overly pervasive. Yes, that is her reality, but the reader can only come away with so much from it. Detailing more abuses make the book no better. , By Kitty Dukakis

Black Elk Speaks , This book is a must read, especially those who are proud of their American pioneering heritage. It details the demise of an entire civilization of First Nation peoples through the experiences of a mystical Oglala Sioux named Black Elk. As one of the last survivors of his culture from pre-Wasichu (white man) days, he relates his story as an old man, 50 years after his society was destroyed. Some of his dreams and visions and their symbolism are difficult to grasp, but this does little to detract from the sad history of a decimated civilization. , By Black Elk / John G. Neihardt

When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops? , Excellent and hilarious book, as you'd expect from George Carlin, however this work is darker and much more curmudgeonly than usual. He also spends more effort language-bending than usual, which is funny and observant, but started getting a bit tiresome. Although I have spent much of this time pointing out scars, the book is very funny and eminently worth reading. , By George Carlin

The Way Things Really Work , As a parody of the popular book, "The Way Things Work", this book is reasonably well done, but if you're looking for a laugh a minute, or great satire, this book isn't it. There are some very funny diagrams and descriptions somewhat reminiscent of Cvltvre Made Stvpid, but not that many. , By Henry Beard and Ron Barrett

Dust Bowl , This is pretty much a kids book describing the dust bowl of the 1930's. It was actually a pretty good primer about a subject I never knew too much about. , By Patricia Lauber

Crabgrass Frontier , I can't believe I'm finally done with this book, as I read it over a period of 5 months. It is a meticulously well-researched survey of the suburbanization of America. Somewhat reminiscent of Cadillac Desert, but not as riveting. Still, it's an important historical work delineating why the USA is so sprawling. , By Kenneth T. Jackson

Lennon Remembers , It's interesting how time has a way of making seemingly momentous events irrelevant. This is a book of interviews with John Lennon from 1970 in which he frankly discusses long forgotten relationships, political issues, and cultural scandals. Readers do get an insight into Lennon's tortured existence, and there is some interesting views about his life and the Beatles, but overall, the book just isn't that relevant today. I was very heartened however, to see that he was an admirer of Frank Zappa. , By Jann Wenner

Yikes! , I'd love to say this book is a journalistic masterpiece, but it's really written to help young teenage girls through some of their formative years. Pretty well written, but has a limited audience.

The Rant Zone , While I generally enjoy Dennis Miller's bitter invective, it didn't play out quite as well in prose form. This leads me to believe that his allure is part delivery, and part hope that by the time you catch his obscure reference, he's already on to something else. Still, there's lots of funny lines in here and it's probably worth your time to read this book. , By Dennis Miller

Cesar's Way , While the self proclaimed Dog Whisperer puts forth much valuable information about dog psychology which seems very useful, far too much of the book is about how great he thinks he is, dropping the names of celebrity after celebrity for no particular purpose. Still, the dog information is great and makes this book worth reading. , By Cesar Millan

Aids Demo Graphics , This book about Aids Activism in New York City in the 1980s details dozens of important protests and media events, only it does so poorly. I gave up after 38 pages. , By Douglas Crimp with Adam Rolston

Real Mosquitoes Don't Eat Meat , Although Outside Magazine's Wild File isn't such an amazing feature, this book, a collection of Wild File articles reads like an imponderable compendium of nature wisdom. Worth reading, but not going out of your way to obtain. , By Brad Wetzler

Nantucket Solitaire , This is a book of mysogynistic poetry written by a Nantucket resident whose essence is defined by his conquests and alcohol. Although it seems like something I would not at all enjoy, the writing is superb and the poetry very accessible, not dumb and not overly obtuse to the point of being impossible to decipher. I'd actually recommend this book. It's a great way to explore human nature with truth and not always beauty. , By Roy Flanders

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim , This book is a collection of highly entertaining stories about David Sedaris' life, but I almost feel self conscious enjoying the anecdotes because of the underlying sadness and tragedy of his life. , By David Sedaris

The Animal Rights Handbook , This book is a great primer for anyone who loves animals and suspects that humanity's treatment of them is not always very kind. It will open many eyes of those who don't think much about the hidden animal suffering behind many of our everyday habits, such as eating. For people who are already knowledgeable of animal rights, there's not too much new here. , By Laura Fraser, Joshua Horwitz

The Black Death, 1347-1351 , This is a mostly factual depiction of the Bubonic Plague that scourged Europe from 1347-1351. The book was interesting enough, but left me wanting much more, such as how the plague affected entire cultures. Perhaps the dearth of this type of information is due to the widespread illiteracy of the era, as well as the fact that there were very few people left to chronicle the pandemic. Worth reading, but barely. , By Daniel Cohen

Chocolate: The Consuming Passion , While this is a too cute, illustrated book about chocolate, it was surprisingly funny and informative. Recommended if you can find it at a yard sale for a quarter. , By Sandra Boynton

Mad About The Sixties , While this book may not be the type the typical intellectual leviathan would read, it's still pretty interesting. I was actually surprised how well developed the people who wrote MAD were 40 years ago. Not all the humor holds up these days, but some of it was still pretty funny. Worth picking up if you enjoyed MAD as a child.

The Borowitz Report , What a great book. A book like this is often just a bunch of made-up hooey, but it turned out to be excellent satire, one that gets to the heart of the matter in a funny way. The Kim Jong Il blog is not to be missed. , By Andy Borowitz

Chutzpah , Reading this book instilled pride in being Jewish. In fact, much of the book is dedicated to the way we Jews consider ourselves 2nd class citizens in order to gain acceptance in a decidedly non-Jewish country. The book spoke to me because it is written from the perspective of a Jewish civil libertarian who eloquently encapsulates the alienation many of us feel from the current (Bush) administration. , By Alan Dershowitz

A Life on the Edge , Excellent offering from the first American ever to summit Mt. Everest. Read about a life well lived and the amazing things one individual is capable of when they follow their passion. , By Jim Whittaker

The Worst Journey in the World , This book should be called "The Worst Book in the World". This classic book of turn-of-the-century polar exploration seems to be a must read because of its painstaking detail of Scott's Antarctic conquest and subsequent death just 13 miles from certain rescue. However I found the book to have three limiting factors: 1) Too many daunting nautical terms 2) Too many British colloquialisms and 3) Too much vestigial language from 100 years ago. These factors combined to make the prose almost unreadable. In fact, I gave up after an 87 page introduction and 33 pages of the book because it was too obtuse to wade through. , By Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man , Although the author of this book grew up in an around New York City, he decided to throw it all away for a more indigenous life by moving to Alaska. However, the transformation from city dweller to Alaskan Mountain Man is lined with humorous anecdotes, which are "Free Ranged" within the covers of this book. Free Ranging refers to relating experiences using heavy doses of exaggeration and omission, to make the teller seem more fascinating or manly. , By Doug Fine

A People's History of the United States , While this is an important and extraordinary book that explains history from the point of view of the vanquished people in American History, I found it became difficult to stay interested in certain passages as they relate to events that happened in the early 1800s. So although it iconoclastically blasts our collective history, much of the book is dedicated to events most of us are extraordinarily unfamiliar with. Gave up after 73 pages. , By Howard Zinn

Adrenaline Junkies and Serotonin Seekers , This is a well written book about the 5 neurotransmitter chemicals: adrenaline, serotonin, cortisol, melatonin, and insulin. The book is very accessible and although not technically detailed, gives the reader a good understanding of how these chemicals interact with your and your nervous system , By Matt Church

Points Unknown , I gave up reading this anthology of "The Greatest Adventure Writing of the Twentieth Century" after 42 pages. Not that the quality of writing wasn't superb, it's just that I would far prefer to read the entire books that the chapters were excerpted from, than condensed smatterings that give away the essence of the adventures. , By David Roberts

A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney , Even though this book is 25 years old and contains transcripts of broadcasts from the early 70s, it's still spot on much of the time. Usually poignant, always the curmudgeon, and often funny, you can hear his voice scream through the pages. , By Andy Rooney

Influence: Science and Practice , Not only is this book a scholarly examination of how humans are hard wired to be influenced by certain emotional and psychological tricks, it is eminently readable. Reading this book will help you truly understand why you feel compelled to buy say, a time share. The sales person will use every psychological trick at their disposal to compel you to buy. And this book describes in great detail what these tricks are, how the manipulation works, and even how to defend yourself from them. Strongly recommended. , By Robert B. Cialdini

You're From Where? , A book about strange USA town names that could have been interesting, but was more of an excuse for the author to yammer on about barely relevant and even less interesting tangents regarding the town's regions or general history. , By Robert T. Smith

Journey to Tibet , When China opened the Tibetan borders to tourism in 1984, Sorrel Wilby decided upon a pilgimmage in which she walks the length of Tibet. Her reverence for the culture and desire to become a Tibetan are palpable and captivating, although at times, she over-waxes lyrical about borderline inhumane conditions such as subsisting on rancid yak butter. Still, any armchair adventure traveler with an interest in mystical culture should read this book. The sections in which she lives with nomads are the most captivating. , By Sorrel Wilby

The Life and Times of R. Crumb , This anthology of short chapters by Crumb's contemporaries gives insight into him that could not be gleaned from reading Crumb's work alone. It's also a nice primer for understanding the genesis of the hippie culture of the late 60s and early 70s. Worth a read.

Animal Quotations , I read this book over several years. I only read it while on backpacking trips. The short quotes made serviceable reading when there was some down time in camp, but I barely enjoyed them. They were often obtuse, dull, or difficult to glean meaning from. The fact that this book was from Britain may have something to do with this. , By G. F. Lamb

Rough Draft , In the vein of Cvltvure Made Stvpid, this is one of the funniest books I've ever read. 100 years of pop culture is viewed through the eye of how stupid things could have been if the predecessor version, in which a single detail was different, was used. Highly laden with pictures and illustrations. A must read if you want to laugh. , By Modern Humorist

Furry Logic , A cool little gift book with amazingly detailed animal illustrations that were all done as full size paintings before being published. , By Jane Seabrook

Rules of Thumb , Fairly readable book containing some good information regarding off-the-cuff estimation in many walks of life. As with many older books, several items are outdated, such as rules of thumb referring to typewritten pages or cassette recordings. Still, an easy read that can be digested in small pieces. , By Tom Parker

The Wit and Humor of Oscar Wilde , Not too much wit or humor in this book. Some of the quotes are pretty good, but the rest mimic the sensibilities of 19th century England. Gave up after 54 pages. , By Oscar Wilde and Alvin Redman

The Portable Curmudgeon , What a great book of quotes notable not only for their dead-on social commentary, but their worldview of humor laced with vitriol. The book also profiles many a curmudgeon, such as H.L. Mencken, which adds to the books eminent readability. , By Jon Winokur

The Voyage of American Promise , In 1985, Dodge Morgan successfully sailed around the globe, setting the world record for the fastest non-stop solo circumnavigation. For a lengthy trip during which each day is substantively the same, the book was reasonably compelling. The author has a huge ego, as you might suspect would be required to successfully finish the trip, and that's OK, but I was turned off by his false modesty when he added it in. One other thing I found somewhat inexplicable was that after he had been out on the sea only a few days, he spoke of how bored and lonely he was, a theme he was to return too often. It was almost as if completing the voyage was more important than enjoying the 5 months he was away. , By Dodge Morgan

The Accidental Adventurer , This is a pretty good biography about Barbara Washburn, an accomplished mountaineer and cartographer whose life is overshadowed by her husband's accomplishments. She was the first woman to ever summit Denali (Mt. McKinley) as well as a few other Alaskan mountains. While the book was often engaging, it's wacky how certain sections devolve into "we had peas for dinner that night" and other 50 year old details that pale in comparison to the woman's greater legacy, such as her work with the disabled. Nice book worth a read, but unfortunately not a riveting page-turner. , By Barbara Washburn and Lew Freedman

Gifts of the Wild , This compendium of essays written by women about outdoor experiences was fairly interesting, however there was a certain uniformity of writing style to the essays presented. If you read this book, skip the first 3 chapters. They are by far the worst ones in the book. I can't imagine why the book was edited this way.

Join Me! , As I was hoping, this book was pretty funny at times. It's the true story of a guy in his 20s who launched a worldwide movement for doing good deeds, just because he wondered who would answer an ad that said simply, "Join Me". Once it got going, the entire things seemed really fun, but the author must really be good at accepting rejection on his way to reaching his (at first) questionable goal. , By Danny Wallace

The Simpsons Comics Unchained , This book seems to be a collection of about 6 stories originally published as Simpson's comic books. They're actually pretty good, often very funny and stay true to the show's characters.

Let there be neon , This coffee-table-ish book could have been really great, but it turned out to be a disjointed set of chapters with no direction or cohesiveness. There is a comprehensive glossary of terms used in the manufacture of neon lighting, yet only a very short chapter that glosses over neon technology is included. Chapters often repeat material presented earlier and the word 'kinetic' must appear 100 times throughout the book. Still, lots of nice photos of neon signs, and despite the inconsistencies, you can learn a thing or two from this book. , By Rudi Stern

The Joy of Not Working , This concept for this book is excellent, and there are many valuable points covered, however the text barely covers two of the most important aspects of not working: how to continue earning money and what to do about children. There is a great deal of material about how to want less stuff, which is very important in financial independence, but there aren't too many ideas about how to continue getting an income. If you are someone who is already happily unemployed, this book won't teach you much, but it will support your notion that you're doing the right thing. , By Ernie J. Zelinski

Run Gently, Run Long , This book was published in 1974, a time when long distance running was in its infancy. The author was the editor of Runner's World, and while the book could have contained useful, informative text, it often devolved into the author making excuses for his lack of competitive longevity in long distance road races. At the time I guess it was novel to assert that full out training runs at race pace were unwise all the time, but now we just take it for granted. On top of all this, the author is an editor, but the book is poorly edited. , By Joe Henderson

The Overnight Guide to Public Speaking , Not a bad little book that emphasizes that the key to good public speaking is preparation. So it's informative and very useful, but not overly entertaining. Part of the problem is that the book was written in 1983, so writing out a speech triple-spaced on index cards and similar suggestions seem dated. , By Ed Wohlmuth

I love her, but… , This impulse buy is a 400 page book of complaints that men in long term relationships have about their wives, one complaint per page. The book is a fast read, but a bit sanitized so that not much new ground is covered here. Worth picking up but not going out of your way for. , By Robert Llewellyn Jones

AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership , This is an excellent, comprehensive, book for anyone who leads groups into the wilderness or on adventures. The book is a great reference, but is a little dry if you try to read it cover to cover. , By Alex Kosseff

Idiots at Work , Although this book seems like it would be an excellent chronicle of workplace stupidity, it doesn't capture the essence of said stupidity nearly as accurately as say, Dilbert. It's easy to read and worth browsing, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get a copy. , By Leland Gregory

The Leno Wit , Jay Leno didn't write this book. This may be the last biography I read, particularly about celebrities. They're always so awful in a gossipy way. Instead of providing the reader real insight into Leno's life, the book summarizes its light anecdotes with vapid conclusions like "Ah show business!". , By Jay Walker

All Stressed Up & Nowhere To go! , I started this book about dealing with stress at a time when my life was relatively calm, but within a few days turned stressful. The book was actually pretty good about helping me deal with feelings of anxiety, although it's never as easy to do as a book will indicate. Easy to read, somewhat humorous, and occasionally inspirational. , By Bill Crawford

David Letterman's Book of Top Ten Lists , Ten years after this book was published, the humor didn't hold up. Oh sure, most of the lists had some good jokes and the list topics themselves were often absurdly funny, but Buttafuoco is just not funny anymore, if it ever was. Anyway, disregard this review. How pathetic is it to read a 10 year old joke book and add it to the list of books you read? , By Lettermans' Writing Staff

Explorabook , What a great book for teaching kids (and adults) science in a practical manner. The book is a product of the Exploratorium in San Francisco, a completely hands-on museum. Highly recommended. , By John Cassidy

Zen Judaism , Although I have read and laughed through "How to Be an Extremely Reform Jew", also by David M. Bader, Zen Judaism isn't quite as funny. It's still a humorous, fast read for those of us who are Jewish and have an interest in Zen. , By David M. Bader

Eternal Treblinka , Holocaust escapee Isaac Bashevis Singer wrote "In relation to animals, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka." Anyone who is capable of compassion, and especially those of us with ancestors who perished in the Holocaust cannot overlook the parallels between the way we treat animals and the way Jews were treated. This book will challenge your pre-conceived notion of animals and appeal to your compassionate self. , By Charles Patterson

Trading Spaces Behind the Scenes , This book profiles all the major on-camera talent of the show, Trading Spaces. It's reasonably interesting, somewhat insightful, and easy to read. If you like the show, it's worth a read, if not, it will be completely worthless.

Disney: The Mouse Betrayed , As I am no great fan of Disney, I fully expected this book to expose Disney's sanitized aura as a shameful sham. Though the book tries its hardest, it fails to deliver. Yes, we do learn about some of the more horribly egregious nastiness endemic at Disney, such as tolerated pedophelia and unconcern for guest safety. But this constitues only a few chapters. The bulk of the book is dedicated to deconstructing the content of wholly owned media subsidiaries of Disney, such as Miramax pictures or various record labels. The book tries to make the case that Disney should be held accountable for strong lyrics or questionable movie content of their subsidiaries. However, instead of taking offense at Disney consolidating many media into a single conglomerate, they spend their an inordinate amount of time picking apart movie dialogue and rap lyrics. The book goes on to lambaste Disney for giving benefits to gay employees, as if withholding these benefits somehow promoted a wholesome image. They also have an entire chapter about the movie Pocahontas. Because Pocahontas strays from the traditional Disney formula of complete fantasy, the uptight authors have a huge problem with it promoting environmental and Native American issues. Instead of celebrating social relevance, they lament the loss of Disney's innocence and magic. Skip this book. A good message is lost in a socially retarded value system. , By Peter and Rochelle Schweitzer

Oh the Things I Know! , This book is loosely a guide to life, imparting the author's wisdom about it. All I can say about the book is that it's really funny. In fact, when I thought I lost the book, I got really frustrated that I was going to miss the part I had not yet read. , By Al Franken

No Horizon Is So Far , In 2001, two women completed the first ever self-powered Antartic crossing by women. This feat was much more than a personal adventure. Their cause was to involve students around the world as part of an on-line curriculum that focused on inspiring children to fulfill their potential. The adventure seems amazing, but the book didn't always capture that sense completely. Still, a great book whose reach extends far beyond the adventure itself. , By Liv Arneson, Ann Bancroft, and Cheryl Dahle

A Kick in the Seat of the Pants , This is a book that attempts to quantify creativity, helping readers to develop and see their ideas through to greatness. The book is actually pretty good in what it attempts to do, however the one key elements missing are motivation and inspiration. The deconstruction of the creative process is excellent, but the joy and inspiration I usually associate with creativity is notably absent. Also, the book is a little stale in that it was written 20 years ago. , By Roger von Oech

Men Fake Foreplay , The title of this book is a bit of a put-off if you don't know that it answers the question "Why do women fake orgasms?", The book starts out very funny as you might expect in a book where the author is a stand-up comedian. In fact, you can often readily discern bits he uses on stage. As the book progresses, the humor wanes and is replaced by his often sober views on love, marriage, responsibility, and being a man. By the end of the book, his initially profound views on relationships are served up with a born-again-like zeal, making it sound more like a self-help book. Good reading, but too jokey in the beginning and to serious at the end. , By Mike Dugan

When To Dump Your Date , What begins as a promising look at the odd idiosyncratic reasons that people break up with each other (which actually might make an interesting book), this pamphlet quickly devolves into unorganized, often mean-spirited lists of prejudices that leave the reader empty of content. The 48 page book looks hastily thrown together, and while it can be humorous at times, usually fails to make you laugh. This book makes serviceable reading for taxiing to and from an airport terminal during a severe weather delay. , By Lois Romano

Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies , Although the characters from this early Scott Adams book aren't nearly as developed as they are presently, the book is still a fresh, biting criticism of the business world. A funny, excellent book. , By Scott Adams

The Hard Way , If the author could only display a smidgen of humility in his testosterone laced world, I'd consider his adventures to be a road map by which to pattern a life lived well. The book has many exciting anecdotes, usually having to do with outdoor adventures, but also touching on interesting lessons in life and family. An excellent read, if he would just learn a little humility. , By Mark Jenkins

The Greedy Bastard Diary , While this book isn't too bad, it's not really that great. It's a poorly edited diary in which information is repeated. Often British terms or Monty Python terms are used without explanation only to be explained in a later entry that repeats an earlier idea. There's some humor and some real insight into his life, but mostly a lot of "My life is great" drivel. I ended up sending the book to a waiter from a Thai restaurant who saw me reading it and said, "It's a book about my friend Eric. He doesn't work, so he's Idle!" , By Eric Idle

Fenway , This is an interesting coffee table book that chronicles Boston's Fenway Park with photographs and essays from people like Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski. The book is pretty interesting to a Red Sox fan, but be forewarned that the book has the not-so-hidden agenda of replacing Fenway Park with a newer baseball stadium, as wemt the popular thinking in the late 90's. , By Dan Shaughnessy and Stan Grossfeld

K2: Triumph and Tragedy , Ten years before the climbing disaster on Mt. Everest, 13 people died on the world's 2nd highest mountain (and far greater climbing challenge) K2. Although this book isn't as dramatic or well written as Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, it's still an excellent book full of adventure and tragedy. , By Jim Curran

America: The Book , This is probably the funniest book I have ever read, and I don't make this statement lightly. It's scathing satire that's sometimes silly, often fun, and always funny. I can't recommend it highly enough. , By Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, David Javerbaum

Extreme Programming Explained , While many of the ideas for improving quality of programming seem useful and novel, I have a hard time believing the author came up and refined the philosophy in a single day. Furthermore, the book often drones on with no point. Yet at other times, the book is insightful and delves into important, usually overlooked issues such as the psychological and emotional well being of programmers. Plus, I thought the bibliography was great. Overall worth reading, but the company I work with hasn't yet adopted the principles, so who knows how well they work. , By Kent Beck

Napalm and Silly Putty , The fact that George Carlin has written a 2nd book full of funny, insightful satire and invective shows how truly talented and how vast a body of work he has produced. Even though this book is not quite as good as Brain Droppings is excellent nonetheless and definitely worth reading. , By George Carlin

Lizards on the Mantel, Burros at the Door , This book was written about a pioneering woman named Etta Koch who lived in Big Bend and West Texas most of her adult life. Written by her daughter from diaries and faded memories, the book describes the West Texas life after World War II. Unfortunately, the book contains mostly mundane anecdotes about day-to-day frontier life. While a little of this is essential, you never really get a feel for the land and culture in Big Bend. Just when you encounter a poignant passage about say, flooding arroyos, it's interrupted by an immediate occurrence such as "I stopped to scratch an itch" or "Betsy started fidgeting in her seat". , By Etta Koch and June Cooper Price

Lies and the Lying Liars That Tell Them , There are few people in the public arena that I admire, but Al Franken is one of them. Always funny, and uses his vast opportunities to educate as well as entertain. Other than the fact that people recognize him in public, I would like to live his life. Anyway, the book is an important diatribe exposing right wing politicians in this country for what they truly are: liars. While I cannot stand evangelical nutcases who spout hate shrouded in religion, at least they don't lie about their objectives. The current administration and their media lackeys do. And this book exposes the lies in an entertaining, humorous manner so even if your thing is supporting liars because they reduced taxes for the rich, you will still laugh at they way it's presented. , By Al Franken

The Essential Guide to Comedy , As a former (failed) stand-up comedian, I read this book with great anticipation. While it was engaging and interesting at times, it didn't hold my interest as well as I thought it might. The book does a reasonable job of explaining the history of stand-up using highlights from several careers. But it also covers many off-topic, less interesting items such as movies made by comedians. And while the book is often even-handed, it takes too many easy shots at people like Gallagher to opine what the authors think is funny. One other note: Comedy Central is somehow related to this book as their logo appears on the cover. It's hard to say what their involvement in it was, however. Although I do note that many of the comedians whose names appear in the book are staples of Comedy Central. , By Christopher Claro & Julie Klam

The Next Better Place , I have a strong sense that this book is a fictional fraud. It's the story of an 11 year old boy who hitchikes the country with his alcoholic, dead-beat father in search of a better life in California. Of course, California is no better than any other place they've been and they return back to Albany where his mother lives with his two sisters, only to go back out on the road again with his father. The book is well written and engaging, but only if the book is true, which I doubt. The book often states what a good storyteller the father is and how good said father is at making up things to get what he wants out of people. The author continually expresses his desire to be on the radio or in movies, not to mention how often he embellishes stories, so I wouldn't be surprised if the book was just one big lie. From the outset, the author states how he went 2 entire months without a bowel movement, which I don't even know is medically possible, much less didn't land him in the hospital. Plus he recounts in great detail names, places, and events that happened 40 years ago. And somehow, all these events involve sexual predators, thieves, and other ne'er-do-well's. Never any average people. Nah, I don't think the book is true. , By Michael C. Keith

Cadillac Desert , Only 100 years ago, almost every river in the United States ran freely. After tens of thousands of dams were built, almost no wild rivers remain. The Bureau of Reclamation was formed to build these dams for irrigation and flood control. What began as a benevolent effort to help people live better lives has become a wholesale destruction of our entire indigenous ecosystem and the species therein, and is bringning us closer to the verge of environmental collapse. Not to mention that these programs have amounted to welfare for rich corporate farmers in the way of water subsidies and free infrastructure, all at the expense of family farmers who can't possibly compete with the prices of the corporations. An amazingly thorough and well researched book that gives you insight into the invisible corruption of our government from which you can plainly see the types of things the Bush Administration is doing now. , By Marc Reisner

Swimming to Antarctica , Although Lynne Cox is an extraordinarily gifted swimmer who works tirelessly to improve herself, her most impressive attributes are not metric-based feats such as setting the world record time for swimming the English Channel. Her amazing swims started as feats of speed and endurance, but evolved into a tool for addressing peace. For example, she swam from the USA to Russia across the Bering Sea during the reign of Communism. While this is not only an amazing feat of endurance and marvel of thermodynamics, the real marvel was uniting two politicially divisive entities in a part of the world whose cultures were similar, but separated by politics. Highly recommended. , By Lynne Cox

From Blues to Smiles , This book is easy to read, yet effectively addresses difficult to alter behaviors and feelings regarding depression. Although the author, who I met at a Publicity Seminar in NYC is a clergyman, the overwhelming portion of the book doesn't rely on faith to help you deal with your mild depression. , By Alan Phillip

What is Arizona Really Like? , This book contains excellent information about Arizona, detailing all the attractions one might enjoy visiting on a trip there. However, the writing style is unengaging and often deprecates Indians (native peoples) while championing dams, mining, logging, and population growth. I couldn't take it anymore and gave up after 54 pages. , By Reg Manning

Granny D - Walking Across America in my 90th Year , At age 89, Doris Haddock decided that she still had a lot of living to do and subsequently walked across the United States hoping to inspire campaign finance reform. This inspirational book shows what power we have to actively participate in democracy and life itself if we commit ourselves to a good and noble cause. , By Doris Haddock and Dennis Burke

Gracie and the Mountain , Grace McNicol first climbed the 6,593' Mt. LeConte in Tennessee at 62 years old. From that time forward, she climbed the mountain 244 times. Sounds like an incredible story, but it's not. This book ostensibly culls the cream of the detailed diaries Gracie kept over the years, but even the high points are dull and unengaging. It's just a bunch of "we did this", "I did that", "lodging cost this much", and an obligatory prayer to God. There's no context, insight, or world view. Just a lot of rambling, which was really frustrating because the book keeps on saying how beloved Gracie was. It certainly didn't come out in the book though. , By Emilie Ervin Powell

To The Edge , The Badwater Ultramarathon starts in Death Valley in mid-July and ends at Mt. Whitney, the lowest to the highest point in the continental USA. The book is an eye-opening description of the event, but more importantly delves into the psyche of what it takes to complete such an extreme adventure. Occasionally, the author delves into an area of the mind full of hallucinations and sometimes he overanalyzes and overstresses about the most minute of details, but I guess that's the obession necessary to run 135 miles in the most harsh climate on Earth. , By Kirk Johnson

Bloom County Babylon , This compendium of the first 5 years of Bloom County shows that the comic strip did just an OK job of standing the test of time. I'm not disparaging the work, it's just that as times change, so does humor and the notion of what's groundbreaking. For instance, the political satire was well done for the 80s, but compared to This Modern World and Rall, it seems tame these days. Still, an interesting stroll down memory lane for anyone who lived through the 80s. , By Berke Breathed

The Big Dig , Excellent coffee table book with the obligatory large full color photos. However, the text and explanations contained within are well-done and edifying. , By Dan McNichol and Andy Ryan

Mountains Beyond Mountains , Solving the worldwide health crisis amongst the poor and destitute seems impossible, yet Paul Farmer has been trying to do this for 20 years, at first singlehandedly, and now with an international contingent he has been building all that time. This is his story, but more than that, it's a story about how the poor in the world suffer for no reason other than politics, greed, and international policy. It's the story of how the fortunes of Haitians, the poorest of the poor, are being addressed case by case and how widespread Tuberculosis is being cured in Peru, Siberia, and other places. Although this description sounds like the book is dull, it isn't and is an important read from an awareness perspective at the very least. , By Tracy Kidder

The Real Frank Zappa Book , Being a musical genius does not guarantee talent as an author. Most of the book is pretty mundane biographical details, but the last several chapters, which detail some of his social philosophies are incredibly well thought out, spot-on philosophies and observations. I loved the idea he proffered that symphony orchestras are no more than cover bands for dead composers. , By Frank Zappa with Peter Occhiogrosso

So You Think It's New , This book's main assertion that most anything we consider a modern contrivance has roots in the sometimes distant past. Unfortunately, it doesn't deliver. Part of the book asserts that the game of football was played in England 1500 years ago. There is an entire chapter about make-up complete with sketches of naked women. It's really bizarre. Of course, the book was published in 1937, so I guess my sensibilities are somewhat different than 70 years ago. Gave up after 48 pages. , By Wilfred J. Funk

Sandy Koufax - A Lefty's Legacy , The only thing you really need to know about this book is that Sandy Koufax didn't write it, and wasn't quoted in it. The book was reasonably good, but missed the insight that would have come from Koufax himself. The book is a bit voyeuristic and romanticizes the past, but really does a good job of describing baseball in the 50s and 60s as well as gives some insight as to Koufax's life. I'm always a sucker for a baseball book, it seems. , By Jane Leavy

Cold Beer and Crocodiles , This is an adventure story about a travel writer who one day pulled up his roots and bicycled 10,000 miles around Australia. The book is an enjoyable travelogue, but wasn't quite a page turner. Still, the book was an excellent adventure, brimming with places I'd love to visit. , By Roff Smith

Clutter's Last Stand , This was a really good book about clutter with many suggestions and examples about how to control it. The book also delves deeper into non-traditional forms of clutter in our lives, such as meetings and even people. Many of its salient points touch on the emotional issues behind clutter. Well worth a read. The book is 20 years old, so it's a little outdated, such as how the author doesn't need a "newfangled computer" and is happy to use his Royal Typewriter. The humor isn't very good either, but overall the book is still very useful. , By Don Aslett

Daddy's Boy , I like both Bob and Chris Elliott but this book was not only stupid, it referred to inside Hollywood names that nobody knows. Gave up after 33 pages. , By Chris and Bob Elliott

Finding Fish , The more I read about the world, the more misery there seems to be. This is the true autobiography of a man whose father was killed before he was born and whose mother gave him up for adoption. He was raised as a Ward of the State in a highly abusive situation, but transformed himself into a proud, upstanding, non-abusive, success. , By Antwone Quenton Fisher

The Clustering of America , This is a book about demographics, which I guess was groundbreaking when this book was written in 1988. It could have been an excellent book, but it really turned into no more than a bunch of graphs with some redundant text explaining the graphs. I gave up after 48 pages, started browsing the graphs, and then got bored with that. , By Michael J. Weiss

Buyways , This book details the ascent of billboards over the American Landscape over the past 150 years or so. It could have been a compelling treatise of how the landscape has become a commodity to sell. However, the prose was deliberately muddled to sound scholastic or make the book less accessible. Furthermore, the author will state a point, back it up with a dozen pertinent, annotated quotes, but never proffer an opinion. It was really frustrating. I gave up after 68 pages. , By Catherine Gudis

Nickel and Dimed , This is a must read. The author spent the better part of a year posing as unskilled labor to see if she could "make it" on the subsistence wages offered by large corporations to the poor, immigrants, and underprivileged. The results are a sobering account of how the servile class sacrifices their own well-being and health for a pittance from the relatively wealthy class they serve. Read this book. , By Barbara Ehrenreich

The CEO , While I typically hate and even despise fiction, this book was different. It was a really funny, sarcastic, not preachy book about corporations and their malfeasance. The author is still looking for a publisher, so if you have a contact, please e-mail me. , By John O'leary

True Believers , This was a pretty good book about what makes people root for sports teams, especially perennial losers. Like "The Unkindest Cut", the other Joe Queenan book I've read, the text combines funny narrative with egocentrism in a melange of non-sequiters that all work somehow. Good book, but wasn't as great as it could have been. , By Joe Queenan

Gas War , This book asserts that the main reason the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 was not to combat terrorism, but to build a pipeline to the Caspian Sea, where the largest untapped reserve of oil in the world is located. Compelling and contrarian. , By Ted Rall

Spy High , I was actually surprised at how well done this book is. It's essentially a fake yearbook that uses celebrities as the students. After you get into the book, you really believe you're reading a yearbook because the nuances of yearbook journalism are so artfully mastered. Unfortunately, I didn't know all the celebrities lampooned in the book, and some of the humor is dated, but it was still a pretty easy read. Worth picking up if you find it cheap. , By Jamie Malanowski and Susan Morrison

The Control of Nature , This book was somewhat frustrating. It was just barely compelling enough to keep me reading until the end. It's a book about controlling the Mississippi River, volcanoes in Iceland, and debris slides in Los Angeles and focuses on how we have tried to control natural occurences. The book is insightful but draws no conclusions and has few lessons. Plus the author unnecessarily obfuscates the prose, so that you have to figure out that "10 wheeler" means "truck". , By John McPhee

Where on Earth? , Even though some of the content is dated, this is a great way to test and expand your knowledge of Geography. Easy to jump around or read straight through. , By Donnat V. Grillet

Paige By Paige , Paige Davis of Trading Spaces wrote a book in journal format about a year of the show's production. Her writing is done in exactly her "gee whiz this is cool" persona. Unfortunately, the book never really delves into anything deeper than that. You never really learn anything about her life or the inner workings of the show, which made this a very frustrating read. , By Paige Davis

Wind Drinker , This book could have been great, but wasn't. It was written by a man who rode across the USA on Horseback in 1968 (West to East) and again in 1984 (North to South). Although the author kept log books both times, it's clear that the original ride, which spans most of the book, was a dim memory by the time the book came out 30 years later. Events and moments in time are described in extremely nebulous terms, often with no context. It's reminiscent of the way a child you just met might tell you about what 'Mike' said to him that day, even though you have no idea who Mike might be. This book presents a lot of disjoint information, but does a poor job at being a cohesive story, which I'm sure these experiences were. , By Jefferson Spivey

All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From My Golf-Playing Cats , The cartoon strip, Tom the Dancing Bug is awesome. I would highly recommend this book. , By Ruben Bolling

Alive , The horrible, but incredible story of the survival of the Uruguayan Rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes mountains and made it out alive after resorting to their only option for survival, cannibalism. , By Piers Paul Read

A Child Called "It" , Although many people say this book is inspirational, I just found it really sad. It delineates in painstaking detail the horrible child abuse suffered by the author, who was eventually rescued and placed into foster care by teachers and officials at school. Some people enjoy reading this sort of story as a triumph of spirit, but I find it really depressing that the abuse happens at all, especially to the extent it is written about in this book. Interestingly, the New York Times wrote an article that said some of the claims in the book were exaggerated. But if only 10% of the abuses in the book are real and the rest are exaggerated, I'm still not going to fault the author for the awful life he had. , By David Pelzer

Touching the Void , This book describes an amazing triumph of will. The author climbed a remote peak in South America, broke his leg, fell, and was left for dead by his climbing partner, only to battle freezing temperatures, dehydration, pain, and starvation to survive. Well worth reading. , By Joe Simpson

Class , What a great book this could have been. It's a book that analyzes the class structure in the USA. The book started out by making some interesting observations about classes and their interaction or lack thereof, but quickly devolved into chapters that amounted to no more than lists of characteristics of each class. The book hit its nadir when it described in painful detail, which social classes wear what fashion. I find fashion-based assessments completely moronic at any time, but when you factor in that this book was written in 1983, it was completely obsolete and makes the author look like a mean-spirited imbecile. Gave up after 66 pages. , By Paul Fussell

It's Not About the Bike , What a great, inspirational book. Lance Armstrong's comeback from cancer to win the Tour de France multiple times is a truly inspirational story. This book, like Touch the Top of the World (by Erik Weihenmeyer) make you realize just how small your problems really are. , By Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins

The Betrayal of America , This book convincingly describes how 5 Supreme Court justices conspired to hand the 2000 Presidential election to George Bush. The core of the book is a 20 page article originally entitled "None Dare Call it Treason", an excellent case against the corruption exhibited during the election. However, the rest of the book reads like the Talmud -- it's just commentary on the original 20 page article. Legal notes, opinions, addendums and often self-aggrandizement of the author. My suggestion is to read the original article from The Nation or read it off the internet and skip the rest of this book. In fact, I gave up after 124 pages. , By Vincent Bugliosi

Harvard Med , This is a book about Harvard Medical School. It tries to be part history, part narrative, and part literary work. Unfortunately, it doesn't perform all that well. You really never get a great feel for what it's like to be a Harvard Med student, try though this book might. The author jumps around, occasionally trying to disseminate faux-intellectual NPR-ish haute allegories which only serves to make this book more inaccessible. The best parts of the book describe the ethical types of issues facing Harvard Med doctors. Worth a read, but best if you are really interested in Harvard or medicine. , By John Langone

Cup of Coffee: The Very Short Careers of Eighteen Major League Pitchers , This is a book about the people who made it to the Major Leagues, but just barely. These are the players we never hear about, but who spend most of their lives pursuing the dream of playing professional baseball. The book really gives you insight as to what it takes to "make it". The 18 pitchers showcased in this book tell their stories in interview format. It's engaging, enjoyable, triumphant, and sad. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who ever thought as a kid that they might like to be a baseball player. , By Rob Trucks

Why Nothing Can Travel Faster Than Light , This book answers many of the big questions we have about the nature of the world, space travel, paleontology, biology, and the cosmos in layman's terms. Although I already knew much of the information in the book, there were some interesting things I learned that I didn't understand before, such as the issues in cryogenically preserving dead people. As much as I wanted to love this book, I found myself struggling to pick it up because it just wasn't interesting enough. I don't know if that's a reflection on my curiosity level or the way the book was written. , By Barry E. Zimmerman and David J. Zimmerman

Rock This , Great book comprised mainly of Chris Rock's act! I actually laughed several times while reading this book, something I almost never do. Get this book and read it. , By Chris Rock

Publicity Stunt , Pretty cool book about the history of publicity stunts, media events, and street bally. While the book has inspired me to pursue my predilection for creating media events, I found that the book was overly heavy on Hollywood promotion. If you're not a big fan of movies or Hollywood, most of the stunts and PR they faked wasn't so incredibly intelligent, especially because they had a lot of money to blow, which the typical person reading the book doesn't. , By Candice Jacobson Fuhrman

The Hidden Forest , An amazingly good primer on Ecosystem diversity and the importance of old growth forests. A great layman's primer in forest ecology. The book explains many of the interdependencies of a forest ecosystem through scientific data gathered over 35 years at various sites. If only everyone in the Bush administration could read this book. , By Jon R. Luoma

The Wrath of Sparky , Even though the cartoons in this book are 9 years old, the biting political satire is still funny. That's a testament to Tom Tomorrow's talent and acuity. , By Dan Perkins

America's Dumbest Criminals , Mediocre book about dumb things criminals have done. The book sounds like a good idea, but half the chapters are variations on "criminal implicated himself". The other half seem to involve drug busts. I think most drugs should be legalized, so the chapters read to me like police harassment instead of dumb criminals. For instance, a guy getting high who offers a cop (who defiantly said he wasn't a cop) a joint sounds like a nice and trusting guy, not a dumb criminal. , By Daniel Butler, Alan Ray, Leland Gregory

The North American Indians , This is a photo book containing Native Americans from the late 19th century. While the pictures are really interesting, they are almost all older men taken in portrait fashion , By Edward S. Curtis

Work Naked , This book is probably interesting but it seems to try to make the case that telecommuting is a desirable thing in today's workplace. The thing is, it does it in an unengaging business wonk style. Maybe this is news to people who went to business school in 1940, but for those of us who already telecommute, there's nothing there. Once again I was duped by the title. I gave up after 22 pages. , By Cynthia C. Froggat

Your Money or Your Life , This is a great book about how to become financially independent. It's not about how to make millions of dollars, it's about how to structure your life so that you maximize the time you have to do what you really want, rather than the money you have to buy all sorts of things you really don't want as much as you think you do. The plan laid out in the book is really sound except that the program itself will consume your life if you follow it the way they tell you to. Who has the time to go through everything they own to determine just how much you have? Who can possibly go back over their life and figure out exactly how much money they've made in their lives? Still, the book is very good and even touches on many important philosophical points about your attitudes about work and money. , By Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin

The Champion Pig , This is mostly a book of photographs that the author calls "Great Moments in Everyday Life". It was nice to look at in the bathroom. , By Barbara P. Norfleet

The Long Walk , If this story is true, it is one of, if not the most incredible survival story I've ever read. It details the escape and subsequent trek of 7 men (and one woman) who left a Siberian prison camp in 1940 and walked all the way to India with the few articles they could take from the prison camp, which was not much. There is debate as to whether this story is true or not. The odds against survival were astronomical, so much so that there is a debate as to whether or not the book is true or not. For instance, many members of the escape party went 12 days without any water in the Gobi Desert. Furthermore, they walked during the day-time, and they walked at least 10 miles per day. Of course they may have gone 3 days without water and hallucinated that it took them 12, but these types of claims (including the sighting of 2 Yeti later in the story) make you wonder about the book's veracity. , By Slavomir Rawicz

Weird Hikes , Although the title is misleading in that the hikes were not all that weird, the book was still enjoyable to anyone who enjoys anecdotes about the hiking experiences of others. , By Art Bernstein

The Max Ward Story , A really eye-opening book about a self-made aviation pioneer who brought air travel to the Northern Territories in Canada. If this book and "We Were Not the Savages" are any indication, Canadian bureaucracy must be incredibly corrupt and venal. Anyway, this book is pretty inspirational and informative and is great for aviation lovers. I gave up after 297 pages because the last 35 pages of the book were missing!! , By Max Ward

Imponderables , This is a fairly interesting book that answers questions which seem to make no sense, such as "What kind of fish is a sardine?" (It turns out that a sardine can be any of several species of fish.) The book is reasonably engaging, but some of the information is dated, for example the Imponderable about the pricing strategy of leaded vs. unleaded gasoline. , By David Feldman

The Geography of Nowhere , This book delineates in straightforward fashion how the automobile and urban sprawl are responsible for an overwhelming amount of society's ills, particularly the loss of community. It shows how well intentioned zoning laws actually forbid good city planning. My only beef with the book is that it's overly dedicated to architecture, but the important messages are clear and poignant. , By James Howard Kunstler

Ultimate High - My Everest Odyssey , As difficult as summiting Mt. Everest is, Goran Kropp did it without supplemental oxygen or help from Sherpas. Furthermore, he bicycled to Mt. Everest and back from Sweden. Truly an inspiring book. He unfortunately died in a climbing accident earlier this year (2003). , By Goran Kropp and David Lagercrantz

SeinLanguage , Although not every bit in Seinfeld's act has withstood the test of time, this book is a wealth of clever, funny material that is definitely worth reading. , By Jerry Seinfeld

We Were Not The Savages , Wow. What a powerful book. Everyone knows about the imperial colonization of the Americas, but it's easy to forget how our manifest destiny was genocide, and how we continue to unwittingly perpetrate cultural genocide on Native Peoples because of racist biases that permeate our culture. This book delineates the specific horrors visited upon the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia. It's different than other books of its kind because it explains what happened in the White Man's own words. The book is an incredible consciousness raiser, but from a readability standpoint, it often delves heavily into legal issues and verbiage from several centuries ago that are difficult to comprehend and aren't always explained in the context of the time. Still, it's an important book that everyone should read. , By Daniel N. Paul

Wise and Wacky Proverbs , Iconoclastic book about the origins of various common proverbs. Sometimes informative, sometimes whimsical, usually seeks to debunk the proverb. Easy read but not all that amazingly insightful. , By Jim Anton

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat , The deceptive title adds insult the injury of reading this book. Yes, the book had several interesting anecdotes about various illnesses such as amnesia and Tourette's Syndrome, but it never really proffered any conclusions about the diseases. In other words, the stories are told, but you are given nothing to hold onto except that some patient the doctor once treated heard songs in her head all day long. Yet at the same time, some passages were very detailed, scientific, and beyond the scope of the layman. I gave up after 148 pages. , By Oliver Sacks

What Do You Care What Other People Think? , Excellent book, as you'd expect if you're a Feynman fan. He has an engaging style, good humor, and looks at life with a refreshingly clever eye. This book is heavy on his participation in the Space Shuttle Challenger blue ribbon commission, but has many other anecdotes to accompany this chapter in his life. Definitely recommended. , By Richard P. Feynman

Understanding Comics , This is a book I really wanted to love. And I did. It's a book of comics about comics. It explains the genre thoroughly from the perspective of a cartoonist and does an excellent job of it. But the book spends far too much energy asserting that comics are art. If you don't already think they're an art form, this book won't convince you, and if you do, it's a waste of breath. Amazingly good and disappointing all at the same time. , By Scott McCloud

Living With Cannibals and Other Women's Adventures , I really liked this book and the way it was written. For each pioneering woman whose life was detailed, the book also has a corresponding chapter for her modern day counterpart. The thing I didn't care for that much was how National Geographic centered the chapters are. But for anyone who wants to read about exploration and adventure through the experiences of women, this is a great book that does so. , By Michele Slung

Letters From a Nut , This book is really just a ripoff of The Lazlo Letters by Don Novello. The letters in this book are funny, but they're not as effective as Lazlo, since you can immediately spot them as phony. It's worth a read if the book lands in your lap. , By Ted L. Nancy

Alone At Sea (The Adventures of Joshua Slocum) , This is a pretty interesting biography about Joshua Slocum, the first person to circumnavigate the world solo. It is packed with background information about the old sailor but unfortunately did not cover the information in his autobiography, "Around The World Alone". So what you get is a lot of auxiliary information, a fair amount speculative, about his life. It's an interesting book, but it's more like perusing a museum than living an adventure. , By Ann Spencer

Rebel Without a Crew , As someone who has produced a few short films, I could really relate to this book. Interesting read about a guy who independently made a movie for $7000 and became a nationally recognized filmmaker in the process. , By Robert Rodriguez

Farthest North , A pretty good read and an excellent primer for anyone interested in North Pole Exploration. Many excerpts from explorers' journals which, when unclear are summarized by the author. Occasionally, the author shows bias by deeming certain expeditions successes and others failures. Would be a much better book if a few photos of certain physical phenomena where illustrated. , By Clive Holland

The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation , What a great concept for a book, but unfortunately, it doesn't quite deliver. Sure, dentist drills are aggravating, but the choices of subject matter were too common. It would have been much better if more chapters were like the "song stuck in your head" chapter. Nice illustrations, but the book was too clinical. , By Laura Lee

Are You Dave Gorman? , I highly recommend this book. It's funny, well written, and a travelogue all in one. It's about a guy named Dave Gorman who goes around the world looking for people named Dave Gorman. You will not be disappointed. , By Dave Gorman & Danny Wallace

Naked Pictures of Famous People , First, this was a book unlike any I've ever read. Its format strayed from the norm and is difficult to find something to compare it to. I love this originality. However, the prose itself was inconsistent. Very funny at times, puzzling at other times, and occasionally unenjoyable. , By Jon Stewart

I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me! , Even if you've never had any kind of therapy or been in any type of 12 step program, this book is very funny. Whereas the Saturday Night Live character gives you an idea of what to expect from the book, it can't fully develop the character the way this book does. Definitely worth a read. , By Al Franken

Frost on My Moustache , What a stinker this book was. After struggling through about a dozen gossipy non-engaging pages, I finally read the back cover to figure out what the book might be about. I gave up after 17 pages. , By Tim Moore

Riddle Of The Ice , A pretty interesting book about global climactic issues and how they relate to anomalous ice cover between Labrador and Greenland. Ostensibly written as a travel journal, but not much adventure here. Still, a nice overview of some of the climactic issues vexing the Earth. , By Myron Arms

The Boy Ain't Right , If you're a King of the Hill fan or a Texan, this is a pretty good, humorous read. Many illustrations, great bathroom reading. , By The writing staff of King of the Hill

Life of Pi , I read this for a book club meeting I never got to go to. It's was pretty enjoyable as fiction goes, but just like every other work of fiction, it turns into an arcane piece of obtuse parables that make you feel used and manipulated and make you hate any germane point the author tried to make. The book was pretty good and enjoyable, but really, it's just crap someone made up. , By Yann Martel

Fast Food Nation , This is one of the best, and most important books you can read. If globalization and subservience to corporations in any way bothers you, read this book. A fast, disturbing read. , By Eric Schlosser

Around the World in 50 Years -- The Travelmart, How it All Began , To be honest, I only read this book because I met the author (who has been a travel agent for over 50 years). She said that if I bought her book, she'd give me some old barf bags that she might have collected over the years, which turned out to be just one really common Lufthansa bag. The book was not too interesting, by the way. , By Marge Lawson

The Selfish Gene , An amazingly good and probably pretty important book for those interested in evolutionary theory. Although the text can be slow at times, the book not only proffers evolutionary ideas which we now almost universally accept, it also touches upon societal issues such as socialization and even war. Steven J. Gould fans will enjoy this book as will game theorists and those with intellectual curiosity. , By Richard Dawkins

Touch The Top of the World , The inspirational story of a man who scaled Denali, Aconcagua, and Everest. While these are incredible feats, consider that he's blind. , By Erik Weihenmayer

How to Get More Out of Being Jewish Even If: You are not sure you believe in God. , This is a feel good book for non-practicing Jewish people who feel a connection to the Jewish community but can't really explain why. It may or may not make you more spiritual, but it's an interesting read. , By Gil Mann

A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg , Great book of adventure stories that share no common theme but are all interesting or compelling nonetheless. , By Tim Cahill

Jihad vs. McWorld , This book, published in 1996, is a detailed analysis of the ways in which Capitalism subverts cultures and nationalities and why Jihad thrives off its negative aspects. The book is scholarly in tone and perceptive in its assertions, but often arcane and non-engaging to the layperson. In fact, I gave up after 196 pages. , By Benjamein R. Barber

The Complete Book of Beer Drinking Games , I actually received this as part of an eBay auction for another item. It was actually still reasonably funny, although I'm sure it would have been a lot funnier if it was 1981 and I was 20 , By Andy Griscom, Ben Rand, and Scott Johnson

Disgrace , Man I HATE fiction. Stupid insecurities from the author's life splayed out for the reader. What a pity because the text is written in an engaging, compelling style. It's just the story is moronic drivel. , By J. M. Coetzee

Living the Good Life , Even over 50 years after it was first published, this is an amazing book about a dream many of us have: Moving away from it all (in this case Vermont) and living a simple, self-sufficient life. , By Helen and Scott Nearing

How To Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds or Less , Lacia Bailey wonders why this book is 120 pages long. Interesting book with good points. Worth a read. , By Milo O. Frank

Demonic Males (Apes and the Origins of Human Violence) , Interesting anthropological study of violence in our prehistoric family tree and analysis of how this violence is to some degree instinctual. , By Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson

Steal This Book , I think this should be required reading for any student. While most of the information is currently dated and useless, it gives amazing insight as to what the Vietnam War years were like for people entering adulthood at the time. , By Abbie Hoffman

Newjack (Guarding Sing Sing) , A fascinating book by a man who spent a year in Sing Sing Prison as a corrections officer. , By Ted Conover

Stupid White Men , Great book, sometimes unfair, but the people he lambastes have no compunction about being unfair. Definitely worth reading. , By Michael Moore

Reason For Hope , A fascinating autobiographical account of Jane Goodall and the Chimpanzees of Gombe. The book keeps on tying her experiences to her spirituality although I found those parts less compelling than her accounts and assertions about the fundamental nature of primates and humans. , By Jane Goodall

The Guilt Trip (A Humorous Guide to Business Travel) , A mildly jocular book about how difficult business travel is. Not worth the short time it took to read. , By Lin Crandall

The Buddha From Brooklyn , This was a book I could not put down. Although it's easy for a westerner to be disturbed by how people will devote themselves to a Buddhist Lama where the leader ultimately benefits, it’s far more disturbing to know that every religion has such fanatics who do the same, and we as a society think nothing of it. That's frightening. , By Martha Sherrill

Steal This Urine Test - Fighting Drug Hysteria in America , Although dated, it shows how easily in retrospect, that we as a nation have willingly given up our privacy and rights to address a minor corporate problem. The corporate overlords can now tread on many of our rights with impunity. , By Abbie Hoffman

Gilda Radner - It's Always Something , While the now deceased author was a talented comedian, and someone who has brought a lot of national attention to cancer by this book, there are much better books by people with cancer, albeit with a lower profile. , By Gilda Radner

Animal Happiness , A collection of short stories, anecdotes, and parables by an author with a lifetime of experience with animals. It seems the prose was often deliberately obfuscated to make the stories less accessible, because each chapter has something to say -- it just doesn't say it well. I gave up after 111 pages. , By Vicki Hearne

Paddle to the Amazon : The Ultimate 12,000-Mile Canoe Adventure , What a great adventure book. A page turner that I didn't want to put down because it was such an amazing Odyssey. Much better than his next work, Paddle to the Arctic, with a better ending. , By Don Starkell

Sea Otters, A Natural History and Guide , Mildly informative, very mildly enjoyable. Although the book contains a lot of information about sea otters, it's not all that interesting, and much of it is dated. , By Roy Nickerson

Couplehood , A fast, reasonably enjoyable read. Seems like most of it was taken from the author's act. , By Paul Reiser

Steel Spine, Iron Will , An inspirational story of a man who overcame paralysis from an aviation accident. A great read for anyone who feels sorry for themselves. , By Rod Lewin

Brain Droppings , I almost always give away books I've read. I'm keeping this one. , By George Carlin

Holdfast - At Home in the Natural World , This is a pretty cool collection of essays about the natural world. The author does her best to explain natural phenomena as philosophical parables. A little abstract at times, but well written. , By Kathleen Dean Moore

Just Tell Them I Survived! Women in Antarctica , Gave up after 17 (!) pages. I would love to read a book about women in Antarctica, but this poorly written book might better be named "Troubles Women Encountered in Antarctica as a Result of Gender". I would love to have read about women's triumphs, but this book dwells on problems. Not to mention that it's written in a completely non-engaging style. Even skipping ahead and skimming did nothing to interest me. A pity because I'm sure the stories that could be told are fascinating. , By Robin Burns

The Big Book of Jewish Humor , Although 20 years old and a little out of date, the book does a great job of giving insight to Jewish humor. Easy to browse or read cover-to-cover , By William Novak & Moshe Waldoks

Resist Much Obey Little - Remembering Ed Abbey , The book is a collection of writings ABOUT Ed Abbey. While it was interesting to read the perspectives of his colleagues, I suggest just reading Abbey himself. , By James R. Hepworth, Gregory McNamee, and many others

When Penguins Attack , Cartoon satire at its finest. Read this book, you will laugh out loud at our serious problems. , By Tom Tomorrow

To America and Around the World (The Logs of Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan) , From their logs and our retrospection, these explorers were bloodthirsty and motivated by greed, religious fervency, and unspeakable violence. Yet in the context of their time (Torquemada, the Spanish Inquisition) they were downright peaceful, brave adventurers. Although they might perhaps be forgiven for trivializing Native Americans as property, the modern day commentators who wrote this book, must be held culpable for their obsession with assigning "discovery credit". , By Christopher Columbus, Antonio Pigafetta (Ferdinand Magellan's Scribe), Adolph Caso, Marco Giacomelli

Penguin Soup for the Soul , This Modern World is far and away one of the 3 BEST strips around (with Rall and Tom the Dancing Bug). Dan Perkins deserves a Pulitzer Prize , By Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins)

Ain't Nobody's Business if You Do , Consensual or victimless crimes cost society big and mandatory punishments are far disproportionate to the "crimes" which are usually morally legislated in nature. Nonsensically prosecuting people whose main victims are themselves clogs up courts, costs taxpayers money, and allows real criminals to go free. , By Peter McWilliams

What Kinda Cactus Izzat , What a cool book of, well, cactus identification. Not at all detailed or in depth, however the information is presented clearly and whimsically with illustrations making this a pleasure to read. , By Reg Manning

The Legacy of Luna , This book is a MUST READ. Even the most hardened extractive industry capitalist should develop some sympathy for Julia's cause, Luna. This book will gravely sadden and perhaps infuriate you. , By Julia Butterfly Hill

The Hole in the Universe , Gave up after 200 pages. Author does a nice job of making cosmology somewhat accessible to the layman, but fails to convince readers of substantive assertions derived from experimental observations not provided or explained. This is more due to the fact that mathematical abstractions such as imaginary time mean nothing to anyone, other than the notion that some equations with no counterpart in reality can model these abstractions. , By K. C. Cole

A Negro Explorer At The North Pole , A very humble, understated autobiography from a man who, as one of if not the first men to reach the North Pole, could easily have been egotistical and boastful but wasn't. , By Matthew Henson

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again , A fascinating, intellectually stimulating book that skewers modern culture in a long overdue manner. Occasionally too obtuse and esoteric to make its point. , By David Foster Wallace

Naked , What a sad, depressing life the author has had. He has turned his suffering into excellent literature. , By David Sedaris


Books I've Written

We'll Kiss For Food , This book is substantively the same as Steve's Tiny Book of Romance with a re-edit and design overhaul , January 2003

How to Be a Stand-Up Comedian , Author, Chapter 13 , "The Kids’ How to Do (Almost) Everything Guide" , By Roberta Suid, Monday Morning Press , 1998

All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Bowling Alleys , Unpublished , 1993


Cartooning

My illustration appears on the inside back cover (top & center) of the book , "Tune in Tomorrow" , By Dan Perkins (Tom Tomorrow) , 1994


Certifications

Commercial Use Authorization , Grand Canyon National Park , 2015

Commercial Use Authorization (CO) , Rocky Mountain National Park, Number awarded: 1 , 2011

Hull Citizen's Police Academy (Hull, MA) , I am a graduate and Alumni member of the Hull Citizen's Police Academy (Diploma, Certificate) , September 22, 2010

Earth Savers League , Fitpacking was awarded GOLD certification for environmental responsibility , (view) , March 8, 2010

Commercial Use Authorization (UT) , Canyonlands National Park, Number awarded: 2 , 2010-2011

Commercial Use Authorization (OR) , Crater Lake National Park, Number awarded: 1 , 2010-2011

Commercial Use Authorization (CA) , Yosemite National Park, Number awarded: 1 , 2010

Commercial Use Authorization (CA) , Joshua Tree National Park, Number awarded: 1 , 2009

Incidental Business Permit (GA) , Cumberland Island National Seashore, Number awarded: 1 , 2009

Leave No Trace Trainer , I am certified as a Trainer in Leave No Trace principles, LNT.org , (view) , July 2008 -

Certified Food Handler Certification , I am certified as a Food Safety Manager by the American Food Safety Institute and the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals , (view) , April 28, 2008 -

Washington State Master Business License (Washington) , Callipygian Ventures, Inc. is licensed to operate in the State of Washington , (view) , March 2008 - current

Commercial Use Authorization (VA) , Shenandoah National Park, Number awarded: 3 , 2008-2010

Commercial Use Authorization (WA) , North Cascades National Park, Number awarded: 1 , 2008-2009

Commercial Use Authorization (WA) , Mt Rainier National Park, Number awarded: 5 , 2008-2016

Commercial Use Authorization (TX) , Big Bend National Park, Number awarded: 3 , 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011

Commercial Use Authorization (WA) , Olympic National Park, Number awarded: 2 , 2007-2008

Commercial Use Authorization (CA) , Redwood National Park, Number awarded: 3 , 2006-2007, 2008-2009, 2010

Commercial Use Authorization (NH) , White Mountain National Forest, Number awarded: 4 , 2007-2010

Commercial Use Authorization (TN/NC) , Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Number awarded: 2 , 2006-2009

New York State Licensed Guide (New York) , I am certified to guide clients in the State of New York who wish to camp, hike, boat, or canoe. , (view) , 2006-

Incidental Business Permit (WA) , Olympic National Park , 2006

CPR Certified , American Heart Association , (view) , 1988-1990, 2003 -

Wilderness First Responder , SOLO Certified WFR , (view) , 2003 -

Certified Aerobics Instructor , ACE (Formerly IDEA Foundation) , 1988-1990


Contests

Hull-O-Ween Costume Contest (Hull, MA) , Winner - Most Creative Costume of 2003. I dressed as Roy Horn, and my parter Denise was a White Tiger , By Nantasket Beach Diva's Association , October 31, 2003

Sexiest Geek Alive (Dallas, TX) , "Dallas Finalist" , May 23, 2001

Baywatch Hawaii Talent Search (Los Angeles, CA) , National Finalist , December 1-3, 2000

Draw The Devil - KCMU 90.3-FM (Seattle, WA) , I won a Draw The Devil contest by submitting a drawing of Billy of The Family Circus with horns , August 1988

Bahama Mama Hairy Legs Contest (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) , Finalist , March 1984

MIT Integration Bee (Cambridge, MA) , Third Place (won a Rubik's Cube!) Two-time finalist , January 1981, January 1982


Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) , Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science. Thesis topic: Halftoning of Digital Images. Special Courses: Image, Speech, and Signal Processing, Instrumentation, Technical Writing, Entrepreneurship, and Economics. Strong mathematical background. Foreign language: French. Completed BS and MS in 4½ years. GPA: 4.0. , January, 1984

President (Boston, MA) , Beta Theta Pi Fraternity , September 1982 - January 1983

Steward (Boston, MA) , Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, managing a $43,000 food budget and an employee , September 1981 - May 1982

MIT Community Relations Committee , 1982

President (Cambridge, MA) , MIT Class of 1983 , 1980-1981

Northeastern University , Aced a course in 68000 assembly language , 1984


Experience

Fitpacking (Hull, MA) , I am creator and owner of Fitpacking, which specializes in weight loss backpacking vacations. Website written in C#, ASP.NET, Coldfusion, Microsoft Access, SQL Server, MySQL, HTML, CSS, App Inventor 2 and Javascript. There is also a Fitpacking Android App. , October 2002 - ongoing

Firestone Financial / Berkshire Bank (Needham, MA) , Firestone Financial was purchased by Berkshire Bank. During their transition to Berkshire's systems, they needed someone to update the legacy credit application / scoring systems for security and compliance as well as add some extra short-term functionality. I added Fico Score compliance infrastructure to their credit and collections systems and kept these systems running through transitioning.

, October 2015 - April 2016

WeNeedAVacation.com (Wellesley, MA) , Responsible for integrating Social Media sites and access into the company website using Facebook Graph API, Google Plus API and Instagram API. • Wrote code to scrape Instagram and Facebook for images tagged with various hashtags. • Implemented Social Media login which allows visitors to log into WeNeedAVacation via Google+ and Facebook. , November 2014 - April 2015

Capital Fulfillment Group (Weymouth, MA) , Designed and coded shopping portal for CFG clients. Created and implemented an ordering and reporting system for Charles Schwab document fulfillment.

, October 2012 - April 2013

Vcharge Energy (Providence, RI) , Coded analysis & optimization software to intelligently distribute transactive energy loads to consumers.

, 2012

Abt Associates (Cambridge, MA) , Responsible for maintaining and updating Toxics Release Inventory (TRI.Net) software. Platforms used: Visual Studio 2010, Team Coherence, Perl, SAS, Firebird, Visual Basic, VMWare, FogBugz.

, October 2010 - March 2011

Satuit Technologies (Norwell, MA) , Designed and wrote code for one of a kind and special projects requested by clients.

, January - July 2010

The Talbots Inc. (Hingham, MA) , Integral member of an outside contracting team brought in to completely retool the Talbots merchandising infrastructure including financial reporting, Merchandise Plan and Conceptual Assortment Plan. Another high profile company had been hired to do this, but they were fired when their top level conceptual design did not contain efficient or operational underlying code

, October 2008 - June 2009

Acadian Asset Management, Inc. (Boston, MA) , Acadian is a Quantitative Asset Management Firm specializing in global equities. I had a hand in designing or coding almost every computational project undertaken by the firm, such as the Accounting System, Trading System, Stock Selection System, Factor Analysis, Performance System, Database Architecture, and even HR functions.

, October 1988 - August 2005

Airsicknessbags.com , Curator of the Air Sickness Bag Web Museum. Site written in HTML and a crappy old web language called Miva with Xbase. , January 1981 - ongoing

ELFsearch.com (Dallas, TX / Boston, MA) , ELFSearch stands for Electronic Lost and Found Search, envisioned as the one place people go who are looking for items they lost while traveling. In 2003, the TSA expressed interest in the system, but did an abrupt about face when war was declared on Iraq. Website was written in Cold Fusion, Javascript, HTML and CSS. , July 2000 - ?

Callipygian Ventures, Inc. (Dallas, TX) , E-Publisher for the RCA/Gemstar Rocket Book, also author of the book We'll Kiss For Food , October 2000 - January 2002

Callipygian Productions (Dallas, TX) , Filmmaker, Executive Producer, and screenwriter , November 1995 – January 2001

TrailWorks.com (Atlanta, GA) , Freelance adventure travel writer , November 1999 - February 2000

New Frontier Advisors, LLC. (Boston, MA) , Web based forecasting of equity portfolios using Bayesian priors. Writing server side Java / Matlab applications which interface to the database and regression analysis engines , October 1999 - January 2000

Consolidated Mortgage Co. (Dallas, TX) , Primary consultant for all computer needs , April 1994 – November 1996

Mercantile Network Systems (Richardson, TX) , Designed and wrote prototype of an electronic couponing and on-site retail incentive network , March 1995 – January 1996

First Step Designs, Ltd. (Newton Highlands, MA) , Expert witness in UNIX related legal dispute. Internet consultant. Configured, and installed an accounting, invoicing, and billing system for a catalog sales company , October 1988 - January 1989, September 1995 - November 1995

The HeadWriters (Dallas, TX) , Comedy writer - scripts, roasts, speeches, presentations, and all types of humor , January 1994 – November 1995

Software Academy (Dallas, TX) , UNIX Instructor for corporate clients , December 1994 – July 1995

Fire Ant Digital Media (Dallas, TX) , A principal in a World Wide Web service organization for placing political candidates on the Internet , December 1994 – April 1995

The Mitchell Group (Formerly Romac & Assoc.) (Dallas, TX) , Automation/computerization of a personnel placement company , March – December 1994

Children’s Out of School Time (Formerly The Activities Club) (Belmont, MA) , Filemaker Pro/ACT conversion and data import , September 1994

Collin County Community College (Plano, TX) , Adjunct professor of Computer Science. Specialty: Advanced C and Data Structures , January – August 1994

Computer Aid (Plano, TX) , Wrote a DBase IV application for JCPenney , July – August 1992

Radiation Systems Inc., Precision Controls Division (Richardson, TX) , Validation, verification, and code rework of satellite dish control software. Wrote device drivers for A/D, D/A board , February 1992 – April 1992

Consumer Connection (Middlebury, CT) , Billing, accounting, layout, sales, and distribution of a monthly shopper publication. Circulation: 15,000 , September 1990 - December 1991

The Activities Club (Waltham, MA) , Retrieved "lost" accounts/data and customized an accounting package , November 1991

E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Co. (North Billerica, MA) , (Two years). Projects: HIV p24 AIDS antigen data acquisition & analysis software. Labor/cost tracking system. Biomedical research laboratory automation. Chromatographic analysis/reporting system for pharmaceutical production. Valve control system. Responsibilities: software release, design, implementation, technical support, quality control, validation, networking, user interface, user training, customer service, and documentation , February 1986 - October 1990

E.I. DuPont de Nemours (North Billerica, MA) , For Information Resources Group Excellence , "IR Hero Award" , 1990

Polaroid Corp. (Cambridge, MA) , Designed, wrote, and documented a QA system for One Film densitometry analysis , February - May 1990

Nautilus of Medway (Medway, MA) , Aerobics Instructor , October 1989 - February 1990

Genelex Corp. (Seattle, WA) , Director of computer systems for a DNA fingerprinting company. Responsibilities: technology evaluation and selection, statistical simulations, data acquisition, and data base design and management , April 1988 - April 1989

Shirley Feldman-Summers, Ph.D. / David A. Summers, J. D. (Seattle, WA) , Automated billing and accounting systems for two professionals , May - December 1987

E.I. International, Inc. (Kent, WA) , Ported VAX importance analysis modules to the PC and linked them to a database. Wrote input template and front-end menu systems , September - November 1987

Data I/O Corp. (Redmond, WA) , Comprehensive design, code, and implementation of a CAD layout and programming tool. Modules designed/written: parsers, translators, and command interpreter. Wrote specs and designed data structures , November 1986 - July 1987

Syntax Systems, Inc. (Kent, WA) , Conducted feasibility study regarding integration of Syntax and Ethernet source code. Emphasis: networking, device drivers, and software integration , October 1986

Beta Systems, Inc. (Arlington, MA) , Developed a controls package to design and model mechanical and aeronautical systems. Packages marketed as SCAN, DAL, and Control-X , January 1985 - January 1986

Encore Computer Corp. (Marlboro, MA) , Wrote/automated validation routines for a multi-processor UNIX clone , October 1985

Cambridge Robotic Systems (Cambridge, MA) , Software/hardware designer for an optical inspection (image processing) system. Procured Beta test site and $1.5 million in venture capital , June 1984 – June 1985

Tektronix Inc. (Site of Thesis Work) (Beaverton, OR) , (1 year). Halftoning research for color hard copy displays , June 1981 - December 1983

MIT Operations Research Lab (Cambridge, MA) , Ambulance emergency rescue research simulation , March - May 1982

Integrated Industrial Systems (Wallingford, CT) , TTL Troubleshooter , June - August 1980

Timex Corp. (Middlebury, CT) , How the hell should I remember what I did? , February - May 1979


Film and Production

Chowdah - AT&T Broadband Channels 3 & 9 (Massachusetts Statewide) , Features clips of Burning the Grump , November 22, 24, & 25, 2001

Deep Ellum Film Festival (Dallas, TX) , Featured Film , "Burning The Grump" , November 17, 2001

Northampton Film Festival (Northampton, MA) , Featured film, Finalist , "Burning The Grump" , November 2, 2001

Fort Worth Film Festival (Fort Worth, TX) , Featured Film , "Burning The Grump" , October 20, 2001

Ashland International Film Festival (AIFF) (Ashland, OR) , Featured film, Finalist , "Burning The Grump" , October 4&5, 2001

USA Film Festival (Dallas, TX) , Finalist , "Burning The Grump" , April 29-May 3, 2001

Burning The Grump (Caravan of Dreams Premiere, Fort Worth) , Finalist: 2001 USA Film Festival Producer/Writer of this 16 mm film , (watch/listen) , April 7, 2001

Tastes Like Chicken (Formerly Sodom and Gomorrah) , Writer of this feature length comedy film , Seeking Investors and production crew

Tacoma Tortured Artists Film Festival (Tacoma, WA) , Callipygian Productions first film, "Murray & Main" was featured. , September 6, 12, 13 1997

Murray and Main (Dallas Museum of Art Premiere) , Creator, writer, producer and executive producer of this experimental comedy , June 29, 1997

Free Beer - CATV (Dallas, TX) , Writer, Producer, Cast Member , (watch/listen) , 1993

Open Season - CATV (Dallas, TX) , Writer, Cast Member , (watch/listen) , "Episode #11" , 1992

Open Season - CATV (Dallas, TX) , Writer, Cast Member , (watch/listen) , "Episode #10" , 1992


Fun Facts

The Air Sickness Bag Museum now has a page on Wikipedia , (web)

Steve is primarily a vegetarian

Steve likes to give non-standard eBay feedback. , (view)

Memorial Middle School (Middlebury, CT) , Steve was 4th grade locker monitor , 1971

Steve likes talking about himself in the 3rd person like a moron


Interests and Hobbies

Beach Volleyball , I play beach volleyball all summer and indoor volleyball all winter

Backpacking , The primary recreational interest in my life.

Convertibles , I don't really enjoy driving, but it's palatable with the top down.

Patio Dining , One of the true simple pleasures in life.

Weightlifting , Bench pressed 315 lbs. once and 305 several times.

Swimming in the Moonlight , Especially in the wilderness.

Big Gulps and Iced Tea , Love the liquids, and lots of them.

Internet News Groups , FAQ maintainer of alt.comedy.standup. Still active in newsgroups. , March 1995 - December 1999

Aerobics , Former IDEA Foundation Certified aerobics instructor. Still do aerobics twice a week. , 1988-1990

Nature & Environmentalism , Nothing is more beautiful than being outside.

Edible Wild Foods , Would love to learn more about foraging.

Blood Donating , As of May, 2014, I have donated 71 pints of blood in my life.

Innovation , Too many people are morons who can't see what could be, prefering status quo over new ideas.

Editorial Writing , Who doesn't like their opinion heard?

Liberalism , I'm a bleeding heart, what can I say? Money and property ownership shouldn't be the highest ideals of a society.

Running Road Races , Have not done this in a while, but the cameraderie and exercise are great.

24 Hour Stores , Someone is always there! Instant gratification at its finest.

Pinball , Fie on video games. Pinball just isn't as popular as it once was.

Frogger , Simply the best video game ever invented.

Snakes , Probably the coolest of animals.

Number Theory , Mathematics can be beautiful and completely not-utilitarian.

Whack-a-Mole (Hull, MA) , Self proclaimed champ of Nantasket Beach , Fall 1990

Junk Food , Especially chocolate cake.


Letters to the Editor

Hull Times (Hull, MA) , My letter rebuts an earlier letter that recommends raiding the school budget's iPad allocation to pay for snow removal. , (view) , Page 2,9 , March 5, 2015

Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Letter that tries to make the point that our water utility hasn't raised rates in 8 years, even though our local paper that disparages the rate hike has raised rates several times since then. , (view) , (web) , "New Math: 15.4% OF $26 Roughly Equates to 24.8% of $665, in One Reader's Mind…" , Page 2 , July 17, 2008

Hull Times (Hull, MA) , My letter supports our town's DPW director who was forced to resign because he used town-owned garbage to pave his driveway , (view) , (web) , Page 13 , February 28, 2008

Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Letter points out that condo development is bad for downtown businesses , (view) , "An Insidiously Evil Plan to Change Hull's Landscape" , Page 14 , May 10, 2007

Outside Magazine , Letter asking for a more Outside-friendly version of Outside Magazine. , (view) , "For a Gasoline-Soaked Copy…" , Page 18 , April 2007

Hull Times (Hull, MA) , This letter thanks all the people who helped clean up a 22 acre marsh in Hull , (view) , "WBZ Marsh Cleanup a Success, With More Work to be Done" , May 11, 2006

Adbusters , Letter rebuts the ludicrous assertion that the US went to war with Iraq to benefit Israel . , (view) , May/June 2006

The Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Letter suggesting that beach residents who dig dune cut-throughs to the beach should pay higher flood insurance . , (view) , "And a Potential Reaction" , Page 2 , August 18, 2005

Adbusters , Letter opposing Adbusters strong anti-Israeli content . , (view) , July / August 2005

Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) , A letter opposing condo development in Hull . , (view) , "Hull Condos" , Page 8 , June 13, 2005

Hull Times (Hull, MA) , This letter opposes condominium development on the last remaining open space in the town of Hull . , (view) , "Satire -- or so we hope …" , Page 12 , September 2, 2004

The Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Letter recommends that the new windmill be sited on the Hull Redevelopment Authority property . , (view) , Page 2 , May 13, 2004

Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Letter proposes that we change the name of the town from Hull to Nantasket . , (view) , "Maybe Changinig the Town's Name Would Change Our Fortunes" , January 29, 2004

Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Letter opposing the Hull Redevelopment Authority's plan to build more housing in our largest open space in town . , (view) , "HRA Missing a Swell Opportunity" , Page 2 , October 16, 2003

Hull Times (Hull, MA) , Letter supporting windmill construction off the coast of Hull, MA , "Getting Down With The Hull Defense Alliance" , Page 2 , August 21, 2003

Games Magazine , Games printed a letter about my disappointment with stereograms , Early 1990s

Boston Globe (Boston, MA) , A letter virulently opposing Channel One and its introduction into public schoolrooms , "TV Big Brother has no place in the classroom" , Between September 1988 - May 1989

American Atheist Magazine , Letter asserts that hospitals should not have a religious affiliation, just as companies, roads, and other secular institutions don't. , "Talking Back to Talking Back" , Page 71 , September 1989

Boston Globe (Boston, MA) , My letter cheers Boston drivers for being aggressive but knowledgeable, unlike the drivers in my new home city of Seattle , August 1986

Boston Globe (Boston, MA) , The letter states that "Controlled Growth" and "Uncontrolled Growth" are exactly the same, except that controlled growth looks aesthetically more pleasing. , "For Profit's Sake" , December 14, 1985

Waterbury Republican (Waterbury, CT) , Letter that parallels the trampling deaths of "The Who" concert attendees in Cincinnati with the the trampling deaths of 3 women in Brazil who died during an appearance of The Pope. , "Don't sensationalize RockConcert Tragedy" , Page 6 , July 30, 1980

The Tech (MIT weekly) (Cambridge, MA) , Letter decrying other Letters to the Editor that prostletyze , "Moonie Letter Unworthy of Print" , Page 4 , December 11, 1979

Voices (Southbury, CT) , Joke letter about re-instating Ronald McDonald after he was fired for wearing his costume to a party. , "Ronald McDonald Canned" , Page 5 , May 9, 1979

Waterbury Republican (Waterbury, CT) , A pro-Nuclear power letter , "Word-Twisting Distorts Nuclear Incident" , April 13, 1979

Voices (Southbury, CT) , A letter voicing opposition to a proposed attendance policy by Pomperaug High School , "Student Speaks" , Page 4-5 , December 13, 1978

Waterbury Republican (Waterbury, CT) , Article decrying so-called low-risk cigarettes. , "'Low-Risk' Cigarettes Not Good News" , August 15, 1978

Waterbury Republican (Waterbury, CT) , A letter voicing opposition to Nazi's marching on Skokie, IL , "Don't Use Constitution to Protect Nazis" , Page 6 , February 28, 1978


Memberships and Affiliations

Hull Nantasket Chamber of Commerce (Hull, MA) , Fatpacking is a member in good standing of the Hull Nantasket Chamber of Commerce. , 2007-

Appalachian Mountain Club , 2004

US Holocaust Museum (Washington, DC) , Charter Member , 1994 - present

People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) , 1995 - present

Mosaic of North Texas , Led day hikes around the Dallas area as well as a night hike at Dallas Nature Center , 1998 - 2001

Texas Association of Film and Tape Professionals (TAF/TP) (Dallas, TX) , Callipygian Productions was a member in good standing. , July 1999 - June 2000

Planned Parenthood

Appalachian Trail Conference - 1992-1998 , Granted based upon trail crew work I did

STAGE (Dallas, TX) , Callipygian Productions was a member of the Dallas actors group, STAGE , November 1996 - October 1997

Maine Appalachian Trail Club , 1992-3, 1997

Biodiversity Legal Foundation , 1989-1990

Beta Theta Pi Fraternity (Boston, MA) , Served as Chapter President , August 1979 - June 1983

National Eagle Scout Association , Bicentennial Eagle Scout , 1976


Miscellaneous Writing

IPS/Summit (Dallas, TX) , Wrote and performed a roast

Texas Instruments’ Software Engineering Services Group (Richardson, TX) , Comedy writer for branch meetings

Script Consultant to several screen writers

Channel Surf (Dallas, TX) , Sketch comedy show, Big B Creative


Music Video

Big B Creative , I appeared as a waiter , (watch/listen) , "Another Day" , By Nick Turale , Page 1:56 , 1995


Press Releases

Molotov Theatre Group , Molotov Theatre Group Honored with Museum Installation in America's Second Largest Collection of Air Sickness Bags , (web) , January 25, 2008

PRNewswire , Fatpacking: A New Way to Lose Weight While Enjoying an Adventure Vacation , (web) , December 22, 2005

PRWeb , Art Exhibit Loses Barf Bag Collection , (web) , November 15, 2005

PRWeb , Lose the Holiday Fat by January 15th With Fatpacking , (web) , Novemberr 8, 2005

PRWeb , Fatpacking Now Offers One-Week Weight Loss Backpacking Vacations , (web) , August 7, 2005

PRWeb , Send Your Fat Packing, Go Fatpacking , (web) , December 23, 2004

PRWeb , Send Your Fat Packing, Go Fatpacking , (web) , June 24, 2004

PRWeb , Send your Fat Packing – Go Fatpacking , (web) , February 14, 2004


Public Appearances

Museum of Science (Boston, MA) , Barf Bags from the Air Sickness Bag Museum are featured as part of the "Who Collects?" exhibit. , February 20, 2012 - Present

The Museum of Modern Art (JFK Airport, NY) , My Air Sickness Bag Collection was a featured art Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art's Terminal 5 gallery. The art deco Terminal 5, JFK airport's former home of TWA, was converted into a museum containing exhibits that display the transitory nature of travel. The Air Sickness Bag Collection is a featured part of this museum. , By Rachel K. Ward , October 1, 2004 - February 1, 2005

Nantasket Book Club (Mermaids of Nantasket Beach) , My first public book signing. , February 16, 2004

The Western Washington Fair (Puyallup, WA) , The Air Sickness Bag Museum was featured in the Hobby Hall next to a collection of Shopping Bags (how pedestrian). , September 1987

Beaverton Mall (Beaverton, OR) , Steve performed a public aerobics demonstration , 1983


Radio Appearances

KMOX 1120-AM (St. Louis, MO) , I was interviewed about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (watch/listen) , By Kevin Killeen , March 3, 2016

The John and Heidi Show - KZOY 92.1-FM, 1520-AM (Sioux Falls, SD) , Interview about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , December 28, 2015

Gaby Roslin Show - BBC (England) , I was interviewed about the Air Sickness Bag Museum during their Collector's Corner segment , (watch/listen) , By Gaby Roslin , Page 2:12 , December 20, 2015

Newstalk 106-108 (Dublin, Ireland) , Interview about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (watch/listen) , By Sean Moncreiff , December 23, 2014

The Collectors Show , 20 minute interview about the Air Sickness Bag Museum. , (web) , (watch/listen) , "Queasy Rider: Collecting Barf Bags On The Collectors Show" , By Harold Nicoll , October 9, 2014

Independent Thinking , Hour long interview about Fitpacking and living in Boston during the marathon bombing , (watch/listen) , By Steve Gelder , April 25, 2013

The Boomer Beat , Interview about Fitpacking/Fatpacking , By Beverly Mahone , April 23, 2012

The Lady Brain Show - KNEW 960-AM , Fatpacking is mentioned and discussed on this radio program , (watch/listen) , By Lauren Schiller , January 14, 2012

Entrepreneur Podcast Network , Bree Gotsdiner is interviewed about Fitpacking , (watch/listen) , "Fitpacking with Bree Gotsdiner" , By Eric Dye , March 1, 2011

Unconventional Wisdom Radio - WSTC 1400-AM, WNLK 1350-AM, Norwalk, CT (Norwalk, CT) , Interview about Fitpacking , (watch/listen) , By Larry Shiller , December 27, 2010

KTRS 550-AM (St. Louis, MO) , Interview about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , By Frank O. Pinion (Denny Kreps) , October 1, 2009

Radio Boston (NPR) - WBUR 90.9-FM, Boston, MA (Boston, MA) , I was interviewed in a piece about being underemployed , (watch/listen) , By Adam Ragusea , April 17, 2009

WMTX, 100.7-FM (Tampa, FL) , Fatpacking was discussed on Mix 100.7 with Nancy and Chris , (web) , (watch/listen) , "Beauty School Wednesday" , By Jackie Silver , March 18, 2009

Achieve Radio (Wisconsin) , Radio show mentions the Air Sickness Bags Around the World poster, skip to about 4:30 , (watch/listen) , "Opening Your Intuitive Eyes" , By Sherri Devereau , December 23, 2008

The Patrick Phillips Show , Patrick interviews me about Fatpacking , (watch/listen) , By Patrick Phillips , August 19, 2007

Broadcasting House - BBC's Radio 4 (United Kingdom) , I added color commentary to Broadcasting House's virtual wall chart (poster), lampooning a trend in the British press. Skip to 19:02:40 and 19:38:00 , (watch/listen) , October 22, 2006

WEGP 1390-AM (Caribou, ME) , Fatpacking interview , "It's Your Life" , By Bill Flagg , August 21, 2006

Sunday Sports Talk - WGST 640-AM (Atlanta, GA) , Interview about Fatpacking , By Art "Madman" Mehring , December 11, 2005

CBC Canada - CBC (Vancouver, Canada) , Discussion about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , "Freestyle" , By Kelly Ryan , November 21, 2005

Travel Talk Radio - KQKE San Francisco and others (California) , Internationally broadcast interview about Fatpacking. , By Sandy Dhuyvetter , August 21, 2005

KQMT 99.5-FM (Denver, CO) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Archer and Mark , August 18, 2005

CKNX 920-AM (Wingham, ON) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Phil Main , August 18, 2005

2HD 1143-AM, 97.5-FM (Newcastle, Australia) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Luke Grant , August 17, 2005

CFRA 580-AM (Ottawa, ON Canada) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , "Last Call" , By Adam Grachnik & Jen Traplin , April 13, 2005

WHHO 1320-AM (Hornell, NY) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Joel Oriend , July 7, 2003

ABC Australia (Perth, Australia) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , (web) , By Ian Cameron , June 30, 2003

XM Satellite, Channel 167 (Washington, DC) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , "Whatever" , By Angel Rosas , October 9, 2002

XM Satellite, Channel 167 (Washington, DC) , Miscellaneous Guest , "E-Town" , By Evan Roberts , October 9, 2002

BBC - 3 Counties Radio (England) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , "A Bit in the Middle" , By Toby Friedman , June 15, 2002

KUCI 88.9-FM (Orange County, CA) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , "Trend Talk" , By Deborah Keith , June 6, 2002

WLRQ 99.3-FM (Melbourne, FL) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Dave & Mindy , April 22, 2002

KGGO 94.9-FM (Des Moines, IA) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Lou, Roundguy, & Heather , April 19, 2002

XM Satellite, Channel 167 (Washington, DC) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , "Babble On" , By Evan Roberts , April 17, 2002

WKWH 1520-AM (Shelbyville, IN) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Matt Joyce , April 16, 2002

KKMJ Majic 95.5-FM (Austin, TX) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Call-In Interview , By Scarlet , April 15, 2002

KKFM 98.1-FM (Colorado Springs, CO) , Air Sickness Bag Museum interview , By Mark Stevens , April 12, 2002

WMT Mix 96.5-FM (Cedar Rapids, IA) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Cory & Katherine , April 12, 2002

KKOB 93.3-FM (Albuquerque, NM) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By John & The Bean , April 12, 2002

WILL 580-AM (Urbana-Champaign, IL) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , "Sidetrack" , By Jason Croft , April 3, 2002

WKWH 1520-AM (Shelbyville, IN) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Matt Joyce , April 2, 2002

WRMF 97.9-FM (West Palm Beach, FL) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Russ Morley & Cynthia , April 1, 2002

WBLI 106.1-FM (Long Island, NY) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , "Freak Show Friday" , By Steve and Maria , March 29, 2002

WMAD 92.1-FM (Madison, WI) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Zak & Vicki , March 28, 2002

WINK 96.9-FM (Ft. Meyers, FL) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Steve Allen & C. David Bennett , March 18, 2002

Radio 2 (Italy) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Giorgio Bozzo , March 2002

WPDH 101.5-FM (Poughkeepsie, NY) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Coop & Mikey , March 14, 2002

Real Radio Live - KVMI 96.7-FM (West Fargo, ND) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , "The Ben and Jim Morning Show" , March 12, 2002

WERC 960-AM (Birmingham, AL) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Kevin Miller , March 12, 2002

KOMP 92.3-FM (Las Vegas, NV) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Craig, Al, and Andy , March 12, 2002

WKPQ 105.3-FM, Q-105 (Hornell, NY) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Justin Case & Joel Oriend , March 1, 2002

KTYD 99.9-FM (Santa Barbara, CA) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Matt McAllister & Jenna McCarthy , February 25, 2002

WROK 1440-AM (Rockford, IL) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Riley O'Neill , February 25, 2002

WTKW 99.5-FM (Syracuse, NY) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Dave Coombs , February 22, 2002

KBTU 101.7-FM (Monterey, CA) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Dr. Maimes and Lu Valentino , February 20, 2002

WGIR Rock 101-FM (Manchester, NH) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Greg & the Morning Buzz , February 20, 2002

WHEB 100.3-FM (Portsmouth, NH) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Greg & the Morning Buzz , February 20, 2002

KSCO 1080-AM (Santa Cruz, CA) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Rosemary , February 19, 2002

Afternoon Magazine - KCNN 1590-AM (Grand Forks, ND) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By John Reitmeier , February 18, 2002

KTRS 550-AM (St. Louis, MO) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Dan Buck & Jean Jackson , February 14, 2002

WSSR Star 95.7-FM (Tampa, FL) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Jeff Thomas & Jennifer Jordan , February 12, 2002

WRQK 106.9-FM, Rock 107 (Canton, OH) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Matt Spatz & Todd Stone , February 8, 2002

The Bob and Tom Show (Nationally Syndicated) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Bob & Tom , February 7, 2002

KRDO Peak 95.1-FM (Colorado Springs, CO) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Brian Kulis & Mark Goldberg , February 4, 2002

KJOT J105-FM (Boise, ID) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Chris and Mike , February 1, 2002

WAPL 105.7-FM (Appleton/Green Bay, WI) , Air Sickness Bag Museum interview , By John Jordan , January 30, 2002

KOMP 92.3-FM (Las Vegas, NV) , Air Sickness Bag Museum interview , "The Merle and Earl Show" , January 29, 2002

WKXL 1450-AM, 107.7-FM (Concord, NH) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , (watch/listen) , "The Eric Scott Show" , By Eric Scott , January 24, 2002

WLW 700-AM (Cincinnati, OH) , Air Sickness Bag Museum interview , By Gary Burbank , January 22, 2002

KZRR-FM 94 Rock (Albuquerque, NM) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By TJ Trout & Erica Viking , January 8, 2002

CNET - 910 AM (San Francisco, CA) , Discussed ELFsearch.com , December 21, 2001

WGRD 94.9-FM (Grand Rapids, MI) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , "The Rick and Scott Show" , By Rick Beckett & Scott Winters , December 13, 2001

All Star Radio Networks , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , "Our Next Guest" , By Stevens & Grdnic , December 12, 2001

WMXI Hot 98.1-FM (Hattiesburg, MS) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Genna & Wills , November 13, 2001

WRQK 106.9-FM, Rock 107 (Canton, OH) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Matt Spatz & Todd Stone , November 6, 2001

WDVR-FM 89.7-FM, 91.9-FM (Sergeantsville, NJ) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , (watch/listen) , "World of Work" , By Shep Cohen , November 2, 2001

WPGU 107.1-FM (Urbana-Champagne, IL) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Justin Renaldi , November 2, 2001

WXYK 107.1-FM (Gulfport, MS) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Darren Kies & Angela Lindsey , November 2, 2001

KYLD Wild 94.9-FM (San Francisco, CA) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , November 1, 2001

KPAM 860-AM (Portland, OR) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , (watch/listen) , By Dream Weaver , October 29, 2001

WXYK 107.1-FM (Gulfport, MI) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Darren Kies & Angela Lindsey , October 29, 2001

CNET - 910 AM (San Francisco, CA) , Air Sickness Bag Chat , "Free Plug Friday" , By Alex Bennett , October 26, 2001

All Star Radio Networks , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , "Our Next Guest" , By Stevens & Grdnic , October 26, 2001

KFGO K102-FM (Fargo, ND) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , "The Waking Crew" , By Kelly Brooks and Eric Grandy , October 25, 2001

WBBQ 104.3-FM (Augusta, GA) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Rebecca and John , October 24, 2001

CFRB 1010-AM, CFRX 6070 (Toronto, ON) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , "The Nightside" , By Jim Richards , October 24, 2001

WFAD 1490-AM (Middlebury, VT) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Terry McKay , October 23, 2001

WRKT 100.9-FM, Rocket 101 (Erie, PA) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Mojo McKay , October 19, 2001

WGRF 96.9-FM (97 Rock) (Buffalo, NY) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Larry Norton , October 17, 2001

WMRH 1170-AM (Waupun, WI) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Paul Clements and Mike Hoeft , October 15, 2001

Afternoon Magazine - KCNN 1590-AM (Grand Forks, ND) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By John Reitmeier , October 10, 2001

KTST 101.9-FM, The Twister (Oklahoma City, OK) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Crash & Burns , October 10, 2001

WSUW 103.7-FM (Madison, WI) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Jack Strabel & Kate , October 9, 2001

WBWZ Z93.3-FM (Poughkeepsie, NY) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Mark Bolger , October 9, 2001

KZII 102.5-FM Z102, KPRF Power 98.7-FM, KHYS Kiss 100.7-FM (Lubbock, TX, Amarillo, TX, Abilene, TX) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Chris Kelly and Dina Morales , October 3, 2001

KKUL Kool 105.3-FM (Lincoln, NE) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Mick Malibu , October 3, 2001

KEEZ 99.1-FM (Mankato, MN) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Greg Travis, Mark Spangler , October 2, 2001

KSTP 1510-AM (St. Paul, MN) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By T.D. Mischke , October 1, 2001

WONE-FM 97.5 (Akron, OH) , Morning Show - Air Sickness Bag Museum , By Dana Durbin, Bob Campbell , September 28, 2001

WAEZ-FM Electric 94.9 (Johnson City, TN) , The Electrified Wake-Up , By Andrew Wright and Kelly Kruz , September 26, 2001

WKVL-FM 105.3, 850 AM (Knoxville, TN) , Steve's Tiny Book of Romance Interview , By Walker Johnson and Todd Etheridge , September 20, 2001

Michigan Talk Radio Network - WDRQ, WKHQ (Michigan) , Air Sickness Bag interview with the Captain , By Bill Vogel , May 24, 2001

CNET - 910 AM (San Francisco) , Weird Wednesday , By Lisa Carton and Alex Bennett , January 24, 2001

National Public Radio - KPBS (National Broadcast) , The Savvy Traveler , (watch/listen) , "The Barf Bag Collection" , By Nancy Greenleese , January 20, 2001

XXL (Germany) , German National Broadcast , "Surftrip" , January 3, 2001

WRIF-FM 101 (Detroit, MI) , Air Sickness Bag Museum Interview , By Drew and Mike , November 30, 2000

91ZM (New Zealand) , Follow-up interview with the Morning Crew , November 9, 2000

WTRY 98.3 FM/980 AM (Albany, NY) , Morning Show interview - Air Sickness Bag Museum , By Ric Mitchell , July 12, 2000

WIYY-FM 97.9 (Baltimore, MD) , Morning Show with Kirk, Mark, and Lopez , June 22, 2000

91ZM (New Zealand) , Interview with the Morning Crew , June 14, 2000

WGN 720-AM (Chicago, IL) , Host spoke about Air Sickness Bag Museum , By Nick Digilio , January 26, 2000

WIVK-FM, 107.7 (Knoxville, TN) , Guest spot with Andy and Alison , July 27, 1999

ABC Australia , Weekly guest, giving a humorous perspective on news in America , "Mornings with Liam Bartlett" , February-May, 1999

National Public Radio (National Broadcast) , Weekend All Things Considered , (watch/listen) , "Air Sickness Bags as Art" , February 28, 1999

KGBS 1190 (Dallas, TX) , Guest host and panel member , "Internet 101" , April-May, 1995

World Radio Weekend (International) , Nationally syndicated guest spot , April 29, 1995

(Dallas, TX) , Writer, Producer, Performer , "Bruce Williams Radio Show Spoof" , April, 1995


Scientific Publications

PC FAB , "Electrical Test and Optical Inspection" , By Peter C. Albertini, Jayaprakish Lingamneni, and Steven J. Silberberg , Page 48-52 , February 1985

Master’s Thesis , Barker Library, M.I.T , "An Adaptive Dither Algorithm For Hardcopy Display" , January, 1984


Stand-Up Comedy

Los Angeles Improv (Los Angeles, CA) , Kicked off (first performer) the first annual Internet comedian festival , "Wired For Laughs Comedy Festival" , September 21-22, 1999

Stand-Up Comedian (Dallas, Boston, Seattle, Portland OR, Oklahoma, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles) , June 1983 - September 1999

B'nai Brith (Dallas, TX) , Keynote Speaker , 1995

The Larry Sanders Show Spec Script , Co-Author , "The Tape"

The Larry Sanders Show Spec Script , Co-Author , "The Day After"

Seinfeld Spec Script , Co-Author , "Curtis"

Seinfeld Spec Script , Co-Author , "The Bookstore"

(Dallas, TX) , Co-Author of book promotion speech , "Wealth: How to Get it and How to Keep It" , By Lynn Niedermeyer

Dallas Art Fest (Dallas, TX) , May, 1993


TV Appearances

Untitled , Interview with Adam West about the Air Sickness Bag Museum , (watch/listen) , By MarkMark Productions

WCAX - WCAX-TV 3 (Burlington, VT) , I was interviewed about Columbus Day as a National Holiday , (watch/listen) , "Christopher Columbus: Hero or villain?" , By Jennifer Reading , October 10, 2011

CNN Money , Video about Fitpacking , (watch/listen) , "Leaving the rat race for the hills" , May 28, 2010

CBS4 News - WBZ-TV 4, Boston, MA (Boston, MA) , I was interviewed for being out on the beach during a storm surge with an extremely high tide. , By Karen Anderson , January 31, 2006

Channel 2 News - KUTV-TV 2 (Salt Lake City, UT) , This video featured the Air Sickness Bag Museum, along with fellow collectors Niek Vermullen and Dr. Walter Brinker , (web) , (watch/listen) , "A Fresh Look" , By just , May 5, 2005

Chronicle - WCVB-TV, Channel 5 (Boston, MA) , Featured "Who Knew?" guest for the Air Sickness Bag Museum , "Who Knew?" , By Ted Reinstein , October 20, 2004

Fox News at 10 - WFXT-TV (Boston, MA) , Segment about how water from a pipe burst affected the Air Sickness Bag Collection , February 19, 2003

High Tech Texas - WFAA-TV 8 (Dallas, TX) , Sexiest Geek Alive Feature , By Carrie Brewer Martinez , June 3, 2001

The Morning News - WGN-TV (Chicago, IL) , Air Sickness Bag Museum featured , By Larry Potash , March 1, 2001

ABC's Dot Comedy (Prime Time Network Broadcast) , Featured guest as Air Sickness Bag Museum Curator , (web) , December 8, 2000

Good Morning Texas - WFAA-TV Channel 8 (Dallas, TX) , Feature segment on Air Sickness Bag Museum , By Tom Lewis , November 20, 2000

The Patrick Phillips Show - Mesquite Cable Access TV (Mesquite, TX) , Featured guest , By Patrick Phillips , February 9, 2000

Treasures in Your Home - PAX-TV (National Broadcast) , Featured guest , October 15, 1999

Fox 4 News - KDFW-TV (Dallas, TX) , Featured segment about my Valentine’s Day Date , February 14, 1999

MTV Europe , Air Sickness Bag Museum featured , February 1999

Casual News - WCKN-TV (Potsdam, NY) , Guest Spot , 1998


Volunteer Work

Mapping the Continental Divide Trail (Montana/Idaho border) , I was chosen as team leader of Backpacker Magazine's major push to accurately map the 3100 mile long Continental Divide Trail. Our section straddled the Idaho/Montana border between Chief Joseph Pass and the Sheep Creek Trail , (web) , August 6-10, 2007

Marsh Clean-Up (Hull, MA) , I co-organized the 4th annual cleanup of a 22 acre marsh in my town , May 6, 2006

No Way HRA (Hull, MA) , Webmaster: No Way HRA, a community organization that opposes condominium development on Hull, Massachusetts' last remaining open space.

Marsh Clean-Up (Hull, MA) , I co-organized the 3rd annual cleanup of a 22 acre marsh in my town , May 21, 2005

Marsh Clean-Up (Hull, MA) , I co-organized the 2nd annual cleanup of a 22 acre marsh in my town , May 1, 2004

Hull Climate Action Network (Hull, MA) , Member of the HCAN Sustainable Transportation Committee , January 2004 - ongoing

Sustainable South Shore (Hull, MA) , Member and webmaster for an environmental organization dedicated to creating an example or model of a sustainable community. , January 2004 - ongoing

Hull Yard Waste Committee (Hull, MA) , I am on a committee of 3 to study and implement a comprehensive yard waste composting program in my town. , 2003-2004

Earthworks (Roslindale, MA) , Cleaned up several Boston area Urban Wilds and pruned exotic plants , Summer 2003

Marsh Clean-Up (Hull, MA) , I co-organized the cleanup of a 22 acre marsh in my town , May 15, 2003

Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew (Carlisle, PA) , Trail Crew , 1997

Great Smoky Mountain Trail Crew (TN/NC) , Trail Crew , 1997

The FORCE (Monson/Dover-Foxcroft, ME) , Maine Appalachian Trail Club Footpath Recovery Crew , 1992, 1993, 1996

Green Mountain Club (Danby, VT) , Trail Crew , 1992, 1995

Holiday Mitzvah Program (Dallas, TX) , Christmas Hospital Visitation , 1992, 1993, 1997

Adopt-A-Beach (Seattle, WA) , Co-planned and with other volunteers, did the labor to turn a barren Seattle waterfront lot into a park , 1988



 

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