iOS app Android app

Bob Brody
Bob Brody is a public-relations executive and essayist. He lives in New York City with his wife Elvira and children Michael, a writer, and Caroline, an opera singer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He blogs at

Entries by Bob Brody

My Dirty Little Thanksgiving Secret

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 12:03 PM

The following story is true. Only the facts are false.

Yesterday my doctor confirmed my longstanding suspicion. As it turns out, I really do have my head up my ass.

The news, just in time for Thanksgiving, came as no real surprise. That's because my doctor was far...

Read Post

My Adventures With Nettie: In Defense of the Mother-In-Law

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Popular culture regards the mother-in-law as, above all, a big fat joke. Like the one about how the main reason Adam and Eve got along so well is that neither had one. Or how the definition of mixed emotion is watching your mother-in-law back off a cliff in your new...

Read Post

2014: Some Recommended Next Steps

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 4:51 PM

When you get to be my age -- and by the way, no, I have no intention of revealing it here (61) -- you tend to pick up some priceless insights.

Now, thanks to the miracle of a new technology called words on a page -- or a screen, as...

Read Post

Why I Should Be New York City's Next Mayor

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 5:57 PM

Listen, if it's all the same to you, I'd like to be elected the next mayor of New York City.

Okay, so I've never run anything, except maybe my own mouth and, once in a while, a bath. Nor have I ever competed in public debates, unless you count that...

Read Post

For Labor Day: How to Be Taken Seriously at the Office

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2013 | 11:26 AM

By Bob Brody

The following story is true. Only the facts are false.

As we approach Labor Day, I'm finally going to come clean about why I've now gone 11 years and 12 days without a promotion from junior assistant administrative account coordinator. And...

Read Post

Welcome to Camp NYC

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 9:32 AM

Come summer, especially on weekends, certain New Yorkers leave the city to vacation, heading out to the Hamptons or the Berkshires or the Catskills or the Jersey shore, to roadside motels, seasonal rentals and second homes.

The rest of us, on the other hand, choose to stay put and...

Read Post

Dear Kids: Here's Why You And I Are History

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 4:01 PM

In 44 BC, Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman statesman and philosopher, wrote an essay that took the form of a letter to his son. The father detailed how the son should live and behave honorably, and how best to fulfill his personal duties and civic obligations.


Read Post

You Are Rich Now, So Please Reply Me Urgently

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 3:29 PM

Dear Splendid Ignorant American Moneybags,

I'm Zulu Zinfandel Zimbabwai, disbarred attorney at law and manager of Bank of Bunco in southwest northern Kenya, contacting you about FIFTEEN MILLION SIX HUNDRED AND FORTY SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS and TWENTY-SIX CENTS, give or take. Nobody wants it, and so I wish to...

Read Post

Hollywood Confidential: Inside The 2013 Oscars

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 10:55 AM

In the interest of privacy, the celebrity nominated for "Best Actor" now lives on an asteroid. He is said to be thrilled with the location -- he used to be in Park Slope -- though he has yet to learn the language.

No sooner do you enter his home...

Read Post

Cupid Makes His Big Comeback

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 3:27 PM

You've heard of love at first sight, right? My concept. The plot of Romeo and Juliet? My premise. All the great romances in history, including that of Donald Trump and himself? My handiwork. Almost emptied my whole quiver on Larry King alone. Hey, make no mistake: the God of Love...

Read Post

All the Time in the World: Saturday Night in Chelsea, Circa 1977

(3) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 4:39 PM

She's coming over to my apartment, this young woman from Brooklyn. I'm living on East 23rd Street, in the city's smallest apartment, all of 160 square feet, and it's Saturday night.

It's 1977, late spring, and we just started going out six months earlier. We clicked right away, the...

Read Post

My Last First Date: A Valentine's Day Story

(9) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 6:42 PM

We double-date the first time, Elvira and I, with her friends Diane and Carmen. We hit a restaurant in New York City's Little Italy, Puglia's on Hester Street. Fettucine, garlic bread, the whole nine yards.

Immediately I'm taken with Elvira. She's adorable, but she's also got a good heart,...

Read Post

My Top 5 Resolutions As a Parent for 2013, or Why Father Knows Least

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Dear Michael and Caroline,

When it comes to being a parent, I would like to believe that my performance with both of you over the years has proven to be absolutely perfect.

Big mistake.

For however much I might prefer to regard myself as...

Read Post

The New Year's Resolutions Everyone Should Make

(4) Comments | Posted December 29, 2012 | 4:47 PM

Here, conveniently categorized for ease of use and in response to growing demand for full disclosure about my future agenda, are my top resolutions for 2013.


Stop wondering where all my time goes. Just hire a private detective to shadow it, track it down and bring it to...

Read Post

Matthew's Miracle: A Christmas Story

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 4:00 PM

In late November 2002, with his wife, Joy, six months pregnant, Bud Hanley started to write letters to his unborn son, Matthew. The financial planner from Honea Path, S.C. had the simplest of intentions: to celebrate the boy's imminent arrival.

Bud kept writing the letters as the...

Read Post

The Devil You Say: A Halloween Interview

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 6:07 PM

Yes, the Devil himself has emerged from his secret netherworld headquarters in Des Moines, flashing his trademark devil-may-care smile. He's here to honor Halloween, his favorite holiday, and tout his new book, Evil For Dummies: Global Edition.

In this, his first interview since being forced to...

Read Post

Boys Flying High: Why Adults Should Play

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 5:59 PM

I'm following a dirt trail into woods that wind along a stream with my friends Kevin and Eric. The path cuts through a park just across the border from our suburban hometown in Northern New Jersey. Kevin tells us he knows a secret about the woods that he promises to...

Read Post

That Other Day

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 3:53 PM

You're at the World Trade Center at about noon on the Sunday before. You're with your wife and daughter. You're all sitting under blue skies at the fountain in the plaza between the towers.

People from all over the world surround the fountain. The spray glints in the sunlight, the...

Read Post