Quote of The Week

“Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky.”

Albert Camus



David BouchierDavid Bouchier : an award-winning weekly essayist for National Public Radio in New York and Connecticut. His essays, with audio, can be found at http://www.wshu.org/

From 1996 to 2015 David also hosted a popular Sunday Afternoon classical music program called Sunday Matinee on the same station.

David has been a journalist and bookseller in London, and a tour guide in Greece, Turkey, and Morocco. Rather late in life he received a PhD from the London School of Economics, and spent fifteen years as a lecturer in sociology at the University of Essex – one of Britain’s experimental universities founded in the 1960s. This latter experience explains his notable streak of irony.
In 1986 marriage to an American citizen, plus an ardent desire to escape the British climate, brought David to the United States as a visiting professor at the State University of New York. This was such a surrealistic experience that he abandoned all hope of earning a proper living, and became a freelance writer and broadcaster.

His commentaries and opinion columns have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, here and in Britain, and his humor column “Out of Order” appeared for ten years in the regional Sunday edition of The New York Times. He also has contributed fiction and non-fiction to many literary and political magazines and, as a lapsed sociologist and a recovering educator, has established a distinctively ironic voice on American Public Radio.

Eight of his eleven books remain in print. The Accidental Immigrant was published in 1996, and is a collection of humorous essays about life in America (reprinted 2007). A 2003 collection, The Song of Suburbia, is also available in a 2007 edition.
David and his wife Diane spend as much time as possible in France. Two accounts of their adventures in French culture are available in book form: The Cats and the Water Bottles and Other Mysteries of French Village Life, with drawings by Diane Bouchier, appeared in December 2002, and Not Quite a Stranger in 2015.

A collection of essays on the art and business of writing, based on a decade of teaching at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Writer at Work, appeared in May 2005 and another collection of commentaries from public radio, A Few Well Chosen Words, was published in May 2007. A further collection, Peripheral Vision, was published in 2011, followed by Out of Thin Air in 2016.

In 2016 David published “a sort of memoir” called Lucky Man. A second and “different sort of memoir” called An Unexpected Life was published in April 2018 by The Permanent Press. All these books are available from Amazon.com, or at your pubic library. At the moment he is participating in the Osher Lifelong Learning Program (OLLI) at Stony Brook University, presenting a series of workshops about classical music.

David and Diane live in Stony Brook, Long Island, and in a village near Uzès in France. They are still trying to get used to the idea of retirement.