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two dialogues

08/28/15 13:48

Yesterday, I watched for the first time the interview that Charlie Rose did back in March with Larry David.

"A comedian has to be authentic," Rose said.

"And funny," David added.

This morning I passed a neighbor on my way back from the gym.

"How you doin'?" I asked him.

"I'm doin' fantastic," he said. "But I'll be better."

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized
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weather updates

08/27/15 09:45

It used to be, if you didn't have a job, you had to go to Publix or Walgreen's to hear hurricane scaremongers. Now you just go on Facebook.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized
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who's your bully?

08/26/15 08:16

Just discovered that the bullying epidemic involves schoolkids, not editors and their freelancers.

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forgotten sparkle

08/25/15 08:59

In his beautiful memoir, Let Me Finish, Roger Angell writes of the great New Yorker writer Emily Hahn (remember her? no, me neither) and describes her “gleam of everyday transcendence.”

By Thomas Swick • Category: writers
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missense of place

08/24/15 08:27

You're a travel writer when you go to a mall and think for a moment that you're at an airport.

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a grand city

08/21/15 10:51

New York likes to bill itself as "the greatest city in the world," and it's true that after half a century of visits I still find something new, not just a street I've never walked down before but a phenomenon I've never seen in all my travels elsewhere.

Last Saturday, for instance, Washington Square Park offered for your musical enjoyment not just the obligatory drummer, and the likely jazz trio, but a classical pianist who sat in shorts and high black socks at a baby grand piano that had been placed in the middle of one of the park's major cross lanes.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized