Author Archives: Peter Alson

About Peter Alson

Peter Alson is a writer and editor. Among his published books are the memoirs Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie and Take Me to the River. He's also co-authored (with Nolan Dalla) One of a Kind, a biography of poker champion Stuey Ungar, and Atlas, the autobiography of boxing trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas. His articles have appeared in many national magazines, including Esquire, Playboy and The New York Times. He has worked as a writer for People magazine, and as an editor for Playboy and for Hachette Publications. He has written screenplays for Paramount and various independent producers, and his TV pilot, Nicky’s Game, starring John Ventimiglia and Burt Young, appeared in the New York Television Festival and the Vail Film Festival. As a poker player he has finished in the money numerous times in the World Series of Poker and other events. He lives in New York with his wife, Alice, and their daughter, Eden.

Of Dolls, Dollars and Sense

Boxing Day, we took Eden to the American Girl store near Rockefeller Center. This was, on the surface, only a good idea if your idea of good is a line out the door, an angry scrum of parents and kids, … Continue reading

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Harvard beats Brady

Two things. The first is that when I was a kid I watched the famous Harvard-Yale 29-29 tie, a game that Harvard trailed by 16 points with two minutes to go. It was a miracle comeback so unlikely that it inspired me to … Continue reading

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Christmas Gold and Lumps of Coal

Here’s the best and the worst of New York sports this past year. Gold Harvey, Syndergaard, Matz and DeGrom Kristaps Porzingis   Odell Beckham Jr.   Coal The Wilpons James Dolan Odell Beckham Jr.  

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We the Sheeple

  I told myself that I wasn’t going to write any more about politics unless I felt like what I had to say wasn’t being said elsewhere. The truth is I don’t know if this is being said elsewhere, but … Continue reading

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Honor Thy Mentor

  In 1961, Gay Talese flew out to California on Esquire’s dime to write a story about Frank Sinatra. Talese’s editor Harold Hayes assured Talese that strings had been pulled and he would have exclusive access to the notoriously private Sinatra (who at that moment … Continue reading

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Jewish Christmas

  Aside from the usual holiday pressures and obligations, most of them involving some form of gotta buy—gotta buy presents, gotta buy Chanukah candles, gotta buy a tree (yep, that’s what happens when you marry a shiksa)–there’s also been the dawning … Continue reading

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  I’ve been on a bad run at poker for the last month. So bad, actually, that it nearly wiped out my profits from a terrific September and October, and prompted me to take a break. In part, it’s just poker. … Continue reading

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Is This a Great Country? Or What?

After yet another terrible mass shooting, this time perpetrated by some nutjob in Colorado at a Planned Parenthood office, the angry voices of the GOP have gone (not so) strangely silent. As vocal as they were in denouncing the silence of Muslims around the world following … Continue reading

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What I’m Thankful For

I’m thankful that I get to write this blog without being censored. I’m thankful that I  do not need to worry about serving any corporate master (even if that means I am currently unemployed). I’m thankful that I can still go to a … Continue reading

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Why I’m going after Eric Schneiderman

I hadn’t been planning to write on this topic again, especially not so soon after yesterday’s entry (so apologies to those readers who have no interest), but after reading an editorial entitled “Why I went after the fantasy sites” by New … Continue reading

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