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Lastly ...

0 Comments · Thursday, December 27, 2001
As mentioned in this space last week, this week's column will be the last to fill this space on a weekly basis and should not be looked for, even in alternate spaces, in subsequent weeks. In other w  

The End: The Beginning

0 Comments · Thursday, December 20, 2001
It's time to go. To move on. To hit the road. And for the first time in this column's run, I'll warn you off of looking for a punchline to that. There isn't one. I'm not kidding. At long last. That  

Décor Meltdown

0 Comments · Thursday, December 13, 2001
They look innocent enough. Or at least benign. They bear no skulls and crossbones. No warnings from the Surgeon General. No HazMat symbols. Yet, from past experience, I know that what's inside these  

Mullahs into Moolah

0 Comments · Thursday, December 6, 2001
A few weeks ago, the good people at Topps, in a burst of inspiration and creativity, discovered an exciting new, patriotic way to profit from the tragedy of war. With Enduring Freedom Trading Cards.  

Christmas Stalkings

0 Comments · Thursday, November 29, 2001
As a social gadabout, inveterate bon vivant and all-around man of good cheer, this is the time of year I live for. Because from about now 'til Jan. 2, the good times will roll. With parties, events,  

Bad Times Made Gooder

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 21, 2001
"Are we in a recession?" the journalist asks the government official, the economist, the securities analyst and a host of other financial experts from A (accountants) to Z (zombie accountants). And   

Best Seller-Outer List

0 Comments · Thursday, November 15, 2001
Fay Weldon's new book, The Bulgari Connection, is just arriving in stores and, not surprisingly, causing a fair amount of buzz. Not because of the plot twists or her brilliant turns of phrase, but b  


0 Comments · Thursday, November 8, 2001
Check-in chafes. I can't simply be polite, I have to be friendly; I can't merely transact business, I have to meet our "hosts;" I can't just be interested in getting to our room, I have to feign int  

Boo Coup

0 Comments · Thursday, November 1, 2001
I like Halloween. I like it a lot. Largely that's because it's the one day of the year that my sitting around on the front porch in Kiss make-up, hair rollers, a Speedo, leather cape and tittie clam  

Spooked in America

0 Comments · Thursday, October 25, 2001
'Twas Halloween evening and all through the house, The martinis were stirring (you see, I'm a souse). The candy'd been purchased, the Kit Kats and Snickers, I dumped them in bowls for the treaters  

Flagging Interest

0 Comments · Thursday, October 18, 2001
Dear Neighbor, The fact that you, along with everyone else on the street, are flying the American flag has not escaped my attention. I suspect that my failure to do the same might also have attract  

Fishing Buds

0 Comments · Thursday, October 11, 2001
We always got an early start. Though, in the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that this was at a time in my life when an early start was anything pre-noon. It was also a time in my life  

And in a Related Story ...

0 Comments · Thursday, October 4, 2001
No Longer Packed Like Sardines, Passengers Actually Enjoy Air Travel CHICAGO, OCT. 3 -- Attorney Les Tehnshun flew from Los Angeles to Chicago this morning, and, given recent events, one might   

My Rut & Welcome to It

0 Comments · Thursday, September 27, 2001
President Bush has urged all citizens, each and every one of us, to go back to work. To resume our routines. To return to normal. And believe me, I'm trying. Trying hard. In fact, just yesterday,   


0 Comments · Thursday, September 20, 2001
Sometimes I wonder what we did to deserve TV. After all, it asks nothing of us but our time and attention -- two items of dubious value and unlimited quantity -- and in return it's raised us, babysa