Snake-Wrangling With the Beast Hunter


Not long ago, I interviewed a biologist named Pat Spain, the host of the show “Beast Hunter” on the National Geographic channel. An avid naturalist, he mentioned that he also does a web-based program called “Nature Calls,” which includes cataloguing every snake in the state of Massachusetts.

I was doing the interview by phone from Martha’s Vineyard and said, “I know where you can find a black racer.” It’s a species that’s relatively common in the wetlands Up-island where I rent a summer house: a large but harmless black snake that can grow to five or six feet.

“Really?” he said. “That’s one I’ve been worried about finding.”

At this point, if you’re one of those people who are creeped out by snakes, you’re probably saying, “Why in Christ’s name would anyone go looking for one?” and you’ll probably stop reading right about here. For the other three of you, you may enjoy this. read more

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Did I Ever Tell You About Appearing On-Stage in Front of Tony and Emmy Award Winner Cherry Jones?

I took this photo while executive director Steve Maler and I welcomed the crowd to the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company‘s production of All’s Well That Ends Well. Now in its 16th year of performing free, Old Vic-caliber Shakespeare on the Common, the crowds are expected to reach 100,000 this year. So now that you’ve seen what it looks like from the stage, go see what it looks like from the audience.

P.S. The small figure sitting behind the man kneeling in the pink polo shirt is Tony and Emmy award-winner Cherry Jones.

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A Touchy Subject

Men are notoriously sensitive about their hair. According to some sources, even moreso than about penis size.

A few years ago, a big socialite in Boston swept past me at a party and said, “I’m not sure I like your hair that way.” I replied, “I’m not sure I give a shit.”

My hair has always been an embarrassment. Here’s a picture of me as an infant:

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