Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

Remembering Tommy Ashton, Murdered 20 Years Ago on 9/11

My cousin Tommy Ashton was 21 years old on September 11, 2001, working his second day as an apprentice electrician at the World Trade Center. Tommy was on the 95th floor of the north tower when American Airlines Flight 11 … Continue reading

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In Its Current Form, NBA = Not Basketball Actually

So last night I’m watching Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns (rising) and the Milwaukee Bucks (buckling) and thinking, what the hell has happened to professional basketball because it sure doesn’t look like the game I … Continue reading

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Let Lord Stanley’s Wild Rumpus Conclude! (Pigs Crash Edition)

As you splendid readers might recall, about a week ago I hitched my hockey wagon to the Montreal Canadiens after decades of despising Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge (you can review the sad surrender here). Since then, the Canadiens have been thoroughly outplayed, … Continue reading

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The Nude York Times (Instagram Secret Scroll Edition)

From our Grey Lady pearl-clutching desk The hardblushing staff has long chronicled the growing willingness of the New York Times to bare all in the name of art – or commerce – in its advertising. Representative samples include this ulp-skirt ad from … Continue reading

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Let Lord Stanley’s Wild Rumpus Begin! (Pigs Fly Edition)

I grew up loving the New York Rangers. For most of the 1960s, Jimmy Schnell, his cousin Andy, and I would regularly take the subway to the old Madison Square Garden, buy $2 seats in the second balcony, and settle … Continue reading

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My Automotive Triumph at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

The Weekend Wall Street Journal featured this snippet about a new book by Jeffrey Milstein, Paris: From the Air, described by its publisher Rizzoli as “combining daring aerial photography with the restricted airspace over Paris [to provide] both breathtaking and … Continue reading

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Dear Naomi Osaka, Please See Rafael Nadal Re: Mental Health

Women’s tennis alpha gal Naomi Osaka made news this week by announcing that she would not be talking to the press during the French Open. Tennis star Naomi Osaka says she is not going to speak to the media during … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘T. Rex Adventure’ at the Stone Zoo

Well the Missus and I trundled up to Stoneham the other day to Explore the Roar! at Zoo New England’s Stone Zoo (through September 6, advance online ticket purchase required) and say, it was T-rrific. Take a prehistoric journey through time … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘Learning to Look: The Addison at 90’

Well the Missus and I trundled up to Andover the other day to wander around the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy (free, but reservations required) and say, it was swell to be back at that gem of … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘Paul Cézanne: Influence’ at Boston’s MFA

Well the Missus and I trundled over to The Fenway the other day to wander around the Museum of Fine Arts (reservations required) and say, it was swell just to be back there after a year of staying away. Also … Continue reading

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