Hey There! How About a (Re-)Introduction?

Apparently this morning's post on Ghostbusters and the upcoming closure of the movie's most recognizable landmark is attracting a bit of traffic. Here's a welcome to new visitors, a primer on what this blog is all about and a couple suggestions to keep you reading after the jump. After being featured on Wordpress.com's Freshly Pressed section, today has already seen more visits to this blog than any month on record. Figures. I take seven or eight months away to look for a new job, move and get settled in a new city, and on my first day back people are suddenly reading this thing. I was hoping to be safely hidden from the critical eyes of the wider internet while I worked off any rust that may have developed, but I'm not complaining about the new guests at all.

For those of you who are wondering, let me briefly introduce myself and this blog:

That's me.  Sort of.

Growing up, I read a lot, watched far too much TV and committed movies to memory. It was a little sad, really. I went to college in New York City, where I studied fiction writing and film criticism. After graduation, I put my love of words to work in political and non-profit communications.

So, why is the blog called Gravy Boat (Stay In The Now)?

I figured, "What better way to headline a blog about often-snarky, rarely original musings on politics, art, culture, pop culture and the intersection of any two or more of the above than with a quote from a not-that-well-known novel that’s not really about politics or pop culture and that's written by a talented author who I actually don’t like as much as my friends do?" (Home Land by Sam Lipsyte, in case you were wondering.)

“Gravy boat! Stay in the now!”

I remembered my father barking those words one Thanksgiving years ago, my mind wandering as it was wandering now, making its maybe-not-so-beautiful-nor-extraordinary connections while a row of aunts and uncles waited for me to pass what wasn’t technically a gravy boat but more on the order of a mason jar filled with pan-spooned turkey juice.

I try to post once or twice a week, but I can't promise perfect consistency. In the mean time, feel free to explore some archived articles, including ones about How I Met Your Mother, worthwhile politicians, Lostinternet ephemera, vegetarianism, the best of New York, and my quirky childhood and somewhat surreal adulthood.

I'm glad you guys are here, and hope that some of you will stick around for more than just the one post. (In a shameless attempt to draw you back, I'll tease you with the fact that I'll be writing a bit about Ghostbusters 2 in a few weeks...)

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