American Airlines says that a good flyer asks before pushing the window shade up. My problem is with people who pull it down, especially for takeoffs and landings. We'll see what happens tonight when we fly to Copenhagen, and then connect to Warsaw. Though for the second flight I'm going to try to get a window seat, even though I now see it puts me in a delicate position. Sitting on the aisle, one is less burdened with ethical dilemmas.

I'll be back here on the 23rd.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Travel

In the August 6 issue, between an analysis of Brexit and a Matthew Parris column on the importance of the Bible, one finds this headline: "My wild success: Hedgehogs, and other joys of a carefully messy garden."

Oh, and there's also a Diary by Geoff Dyer. (I so want to add a 'y' to his surname.)

By Thomas Swick • Category: media

genre fluid

08/30/16 08:46

He gave up travel writing and turned to memoir because every place had been written about and nobody had written about him.

By Thomas Swick • Category: writing

next new thing

08/29/16 08:41

For that perennially overlooked population of the shy, the modest, and the unassuming, I'm working on the creation of Self-effacebook.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans

At my funeral, instead of a eulogy, perhaps someone can just read my tweets.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans

movie I'd see

08/25/16 09:15

Successful DJ experiences a crisis of conscience and devotes his life to working with the hearing impaired.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans