Jason Feifer

Loony Tunes

There is a man on the phone with me from India, who’s geared up to execute something resembling customer service. Usually that’s enough to transform me into Condescending Elitist American, talking loudly and slowly, sighing often, getting irrationally impatient. Except…

The Lehane Name Game

Dorchester native Dennis Lehane’s latest novel, The Given Day, comes out on 9/23, and has already been optioned for the same Hollywood treatment that three other books of his have received. If Lehane tradition continues, we can expect one certain…

Taken for a Ride?

Zipcar renters can cruise up to 180 miles a day, and the company will pick up the gas tab. Most don’t drive that far, but today’s pump prices make it an attractive prospect—so much so that Zipcar’s local membership has…

The Desperation of Increased Attendance

For years after Boston’s July Fourth party got its modest start in 1974, local philanthropist David Mugar was able to foot the $25,000 bill. But now the event draws upward of 500,000 spectators and costs $3 million, requiring big checks…

Enter Sandman

Like a lot of dads, Sean Fitzpatrick made sandcastles with his kids. Nearly 20 years later, they’ve long since grown out of seaside games, but he never has. Over time, his castles just got bigger and more involved, until they…

Adventures in Manscaping

I was the middle schooler who grew peach-fuzz sideburns so big, teachers called me Elvis. And although I’m now generally presentable, my grooming is still laissez-faire: I rarely moisturize, I go months between cheap haircuts, and I don’t own a…

Spend 'til the End

Spend ’til the End By Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Scott Burns (Simon & Schuster, 336 pages, $26) Here’s unexpected advice in today’s economy: Don’t save too much. So argues Boston University economist Kotlikoff and his cowriter in this personal finance…

Spend 'til the End

Spend ’til the End By Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Scott Burns (Simon & Schuster, 336 pages, $26) Here’s unexpected advice in today’s economy: Don’t save too much. So argues Boston University economist Kotlikoff and his cowriter in this personal finance…

The Prince Is a Pauper

Prince William Lobkowicz stands at the back of the room, smiling respectfully as the U.S. ambassador with the photo-op grin prattles on about something or other that none of us in the crowd can quite make out. Mrphm raphm Starbucks…

The No-Spin Loan?

Student journos may get an unlikely savior. BU’s student newspaper, the Daily Free Press, has cut its page count and left its beloved office for cheaper digs, all to pay down a years-old, $100,000 debt to its printers. Now a…