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THE MUTUAL FRIEND in bookstores Summer 2022. Also MOLLY AND THE MOON, HIMYM, HIMYF, twittering away my noontime suppertime choretime too.
Nov 11, 2021 37 tweets 7 min read
It's Veterans Day, so here's a fun veteran-related #HIMYM thing: it's the story for a potential HIMYM reunion episode called "Dockblocked." THREAD AHEAD, but first, will you please make a donation to the Armed Services Arts Partnership? Website here: In 2016 I learned about an amazing organization called ASAP, which was (and is!) devoted to helping the men and women of our armed services return to civilian life through the arts, giving them a continued sense of community and purpose. It’s awesome.
Dec 27, 2019 26 tweets 6 min read
I want to tell you a story about a friend of mine. It’s a thread. In June of 1997, I was 21, and had just graduated from college. I wanted to be a writer, but had no real prospects, other than being best friends with @HimymCraig. My Dad had given me a Eurail pass as a graduation gift, so I went to Europe to stave off reality for a month.
Apr 25, 2019 7 tweets 2 min read
Talent agent walks into a vaudeville booker’s office. The booker says, “Are you here to pitch an act?”

“No,” says the agent. “I want to tell you about a presidential candidate! He’s run for President twice before and lost both times by a lot! > First time, he had to drop out because of plagiarism charges! Second time, he called the black candidate ‘articulate and clean’!”

“Wow. And what do women think of him?”

“He ran the Anita Hill hearings and wouldn’t allow any corroborating witnesses! And he’s famously handsy!” >
Jan 25, 2019 8 tweets 2 min read
I have a hot take on this. For better or worse, the point of the Godfather movies is not that the mafia is bad and these guys are all corrupt and should go to jail. Michael is NOT corrupted by the mafia. Michael is corrupted AWAY from the Mafia, by America. In the moral universe of the films, ideas like family and loyalty (i.e. the stuff these Trump dingbats love) are what make the mafia virtuous. Michael's desire to get away from the mafia, to go legit, to be bigger than GM, is what drives him to ultimately abandon those virtues.