The author’s son leaps into Lake Michigan


Is 2020 the wrong year to tell my son the terrible truth about Santa?

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash
Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash


Every lifetime has a U-shaped ‘happiness curve.’ At 50, I can tell you what that means.

The author, lower center, celebrates his 7th birthday with friends. (Photo courtesy of the author’s mother.)
The author, lower center, celebrates his 9th birthday with friends. Photo courtesy of the author’s mother.


Sarah Montana, photographed by Stephen Yang





‘Are the rich really different from the rest of us?’ I ask myself while wrestling with my billionaire younger brother at 3 a.m.

Photos courtesy of the author.


(Illustration by Toby Pennington)


Dandy poses on the Yankee Stadium field, likely for the last time, 1979. (Photo by Madison Ford, Midcoast Studio)

Eric Spitznagel

I’m the author and editor of 10 books, including the best-selling memoir “Old Records Never Die: One Man’s Quest for His Vinyl and His Past.”

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