His name was Jason. I met him at a networking event at The Westin Hotel at Grand Central. I don’t like networking events. Sure, some networking goes on, but mostly it’s just listening to other people talk about incredibly boring … Continue reading Jason & The Jargonauts
I do not own a car. So, when I had to travel to Groton, Connecticut this weekend, I rented one. I chose Enterprise, because it’s down the street and I can walk there with my overnight bag. I’m frugal (some … Continue reading A Cashless Society
They live upstairs. They are big, ponderous people, endlessly shifting from one end of the apartment to the other until my ceiling creaks like an old ship. They scrape chairs across the hardwood floor. They spring open what has to … Continue reading The People in Apartment 22
This October, look for a special interview on The Brancatelli Blog with comic genius and teacher, Ross Bennett. Ross has appeared on David Letterman, “Addicted to Show Business,” Sirius XM’s Comedy Channels, and “The Bob and Tom Show.” He is … Continue reading Mittwoch Matinee With Ross Bennett
The funniest line I ever heard was in a scene from The Music Man. Marian Paroo, the winsome librarian who is very mistrustful of men, has just declared her love for Prof. Harold Hill in song on a footbridge overlooking … Continue reading Rudy Frimmel, Where Art Thou?
After twenty years of teaching, I have discovered that students are afraid of two things: failure and imperfection. So, I remind them every chance I get that they will fail and are imperfect. It’s part of my classroom charm. I … Continue reading The Indispensable Ones
I can think of two times in recent years that I have not responded to an email. The first, because it was stupid. The second, because it was frustrating. The stupid email came from an academic vice president, who informed … Continue reading The Non-Response Response