breakfast at mom's

12/19/14 08:31

It begins with half a grapefruit, followed by granola that contains 13 grams of sugar. When you're halfway through the sweet bowl, mom asks if you'd like a sticky bun. You tell her you've already had way too much sugar.

"I like sugar," she says unabashedly.

It's hard to tell a woman that what she's been eating for 90 years isn't good for her.

By Thomas Swick • Category: food


12/15/14 07:58

Watching Anderson Cooper learn to meditate on 60 Minutes last night, I thought - as I did while watching him swim with crocodiles on the same show and, more recently on CNN, search for his roots in the American South - of his explanation as to why it took him so long to come out as gay. It was because, as a reporter, he never thought the story should be about him.

(I'm off to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, for a few days.)

By Thomas Swick • Category: media

don't ask

12/12/14 08:39

At an event last night I mentioned to a woman that I was a writer.

"Are you writing the Great American Novel?" she asked.

And I immediately wondered who hates that question more: Writers of fiction or writers of nonfiction?

By Thomas Swick • Category: writing

plus ca change

12/11/14 08:18

Brand new computer, same old spam.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized

raspy chairman

12/10/14 08:06

Dylan singing Sinatra songs is going to be like Jackson Pollock painting Rembrandts.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized

A few weeks ago I received an email from an editor at a large New York magazine saying that he had come across my writing and was hoping that I could possibly do something for his magazine. This weekend he wrote to tell me he'd been laid off.

On a brighter note, I was quoted in yesterday's New York Times Book Review.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized