Song of Suburbia: Scenes from Suburban Life

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Award-winning humorist and radio personality David Bouchier has been called "The H.L. Mencken of the subdivisions." He applies his satirical wit, wisdom, and a touch of philosophy to the everyday dramas of suburban life. In this second collection of essays, originally broadcast on National Public Radio stations WSHU and WSUF in Long Island and Connecticut, he explores and explains such quintessentially suburban themes as: the the trauma of an empty driveway; romance in the catering hall; a visit from the ...
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Overview

Award-winning humorist and radio personality David Bouchier has been called "The H.L. Mencken of the subdivisions." He applies his satirical wit, wisdom, and a touch of philosophy to the everyday dramas of suburban life. In this second collection of essays, originally broadcast on National Public Radio stations WSHU and WSUF in Long Island and Connecticut, he explores and explains such quintessentially suburban themes as: the the trauma of an empty driveway; romance in the catering hall; a visit from the exterminator; the metaphysics of golf; and the lament of the suburban commuter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595437573
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Part 1 Spring 1
Suburban Life 1
The Sounds of Springtime 3
How Are You Doing? 5
Home Alone 7
Too Many Vegetables 9
Save Our Darkness 11
Emotional Intelligence 13
Copy Service 15
Eternal Revenue 17
Seeing is Believing 18
It's Not Cricket 20
True Believers 21
Essential Maintenance 23
Thanks for the Amnesia 26
The Creation of Dina Bo 28
Mission Impossible 30
Nap Time 31
Road Rage 33
Take Care 36
Service with a Smile 37
Wild America 39
Down on the Farm 41
From Hardware to Software 43
Little Big Truck 45
Sense of Direction 47
Domestic Pornography 49
Fish Under Troubled Water 51
The New Suburban Athlete 53
The Price is Right 55
The Parts are Greater than the Whole 57
Little Brother 60
Heavier than Air 61
The Gift of Guilt 64
All American 66
Military Intelligence 68
Talk is Cheap 70
Vital Signs 71
The Finishing Line 73
Romance in the Catering Hall 75
Part 2 Summer 77
Fire and Ice 77
Almost as Good as a Rest 79
Vacation without Tears 80
New Age in the Hamptons 82
Secrets of the Fork People 84
Up in the Air 86
Grand Motel 88
No Place Like Home 90
Almost Back to Nature 93
Par for the Course 95
The Last of the Summer Wine 97
Truth in Advertising 99
Running on Empty 101
Lost World 103
Exterminator II 106
Automatic Pilot 108
Primitive Economics 110
Home Away from Home 112
Born on the Third of July 115
Because It's There 116
The Sleaze Factor 118
Jukebox Jury 119
All You Can Eat 121
Give Me an F 123
The Happening 126
Who am I? 128
Water on the Brain 130
Free to be Me 131
What the Eye Doesn't See 133
Hanging Out 134
Tunnel of Love 136
Memories are Made of That? 138
Are We Having "Fon" Yet? 140
Part 3 Autumn 143
Hard Labor Day 143
The Tourist Tide 145
Summer Memories 147
The Camera Never Lies 149
Watch that First Step! 151
Forbidden Fruit 153
Distance Learning 155
More Work for Mother 157
No Excuses 159
Tabula Rasa 160
Ignorance is Bliss 162
Out of Space 163
Traveling Light 165
The Last Garage Sale 167
Pause for Reflection 169
Victim for a Day 171
What Goes Around 172
Nothing to Lose but Your Grains 174
Morning Sickness 176
Pumpkin Madness Strikes Again 177
In Praise of Witches 179
Situation Vacant 181
Playing Safe 183
Movies through the Mail 185
Wild by Nature 188
Conventional Wisdom 189
Shopping Cart Bandit 191
Going by the Book 193
Under Lock and Key 195
If It's Broke, Don't Fix It 197
Happy Days 199
Lords of Creation 200
Hard Questions 202
Bad Heron Day 203
Do Not Try This at Home 204
Remote Control 207
My Four Dads 208
Hospitality for Dummies 210
Something to be Thankful For 213
Part 4 Winter 215
Escape from Florida 215
Light my Fire 217
The Gift Relationship 219
The Ghost in the Machine 221
Home Improvement 222
I See the Lights 224
Life and Soul of the Party 226
Here's to All of Us 228
Thomas Hobbes and the Spirit of Christmas 230
More than Perfect 232
Christmas Carol II 234
Refrigerator of Mysteries 236
Nostrodamus Makes it All Clear 238
Intermediate Technology 241
Thank You for Not Breathing 243
Twelfth Night 244
Leap Year--Big Deal 246
Glorious Breakfast 248
New Box 250
Dinner for Two 252
An Alternative Valentine 254
A Lie for All Seasons 255
A Choice of Heroes 257
Historical Amnesia 259
The Plague 261
Easy Money 263
On Top of the World 265
High Anxiety 267
The Kindest Cut 269
Faking It 271
SPAM 273
Vanity Fair 274
Gracious Living 276
The Pandora Principle 279
We're All Connected 281
Persuasion 283
Au Revoir, Dr. Freud 284
That's Not Funny 286
The Museum of My Life 288
Lament of the Long Island Commuter 291
Who Was George Kleinsinger? 293
The Problem of Adult Violence 295
The Genuine Article 297
Our Winter Cruise 298
All in the Family 300
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