Posts tagged “Massachusetts”

The Essex

On this date in 1820, a sperm whale attacked a whaling ship off the coast of South America. The Essex hailed from Nantucket, Massachusetts, and was captained by George Pollard Jr. Pollard was only 29, the youngest man to ever command a whaling ship; the Essex, by contrast, was pretty old, and she was also

#FridayFive: Favorite Places to Drink Beer

Of course, the best place to drink a beer is in the garage after you just finished mowing the lawn.

There Are Places I Remember

There are places I remember In my life … though some have changed Some forever not for better Some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments … I miss my grandmother’s house sometimes. It’s interesting (to me, at least) because I’m not normally one to “miss” anything or anyone. People come,

Go Quahogs! (Part II)

Go Quahogs! (Part II)

On the superiority of non-traditional college mascots

Bogus Permits

Bogus Permits

In which residents fool tourists

I Love That Muddy Water

A guy named Ken has an awesome photo of one of my favorite places in America. I once watched 6 hours of a 24 hour Rocky & Bullwinkle film festival with my sister and dad at The Somerville Theater there. My grandmother (Nana Rainy) lives in a 3-story brownstone about 50 yards away from the

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.