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Commencement Speech 2012

Since no institution of higher or, for that matter, lower learning has asked me to give a commencement speech this year, I’ll share with you the speech I would’ve given to the graduating class of 2012 had I been invited. It goes like this: You’re doomed. (Wait for laughter to subside into tears.) But it’s […]


Slouching Toward Quadragenaria: On Turning 40 (Eventually)

The countdown has begun. In 90 days, I will be 40-years-old. It’s like the last trimester before I’m reborn as “quadragenarian,” which reads more like a dietary choice than an age past 39 but before 50. In many ways, it is a dietary choice. At least according to my physician, who would prefer I answer […]