Category: "Americans"

American irony

06/27/17 08:57

At the reception following the evensong Sunday, I talked to a long-time Miamian. Toby told me about his days in England, in the late '60s, serving with the United States Army. One evening a British officer brought up the race riots that were taking place in the States, and noted that they didn't have such problems in Britain, suggesting that their armed forces kept their minorities under control.

Toby looked at the man and said: "Sir, our Marine Corps is larger than your entire military." Then, like an American Waugh, he added: "Don't get me wrong - you have a nice little army. And it has very good bands."

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans

Cutting-edge comedians who end up making mainstream movies.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans

more on memoir

06/21/17 08:48

The memoirist’s eternal question: Is it really interesting, or does it just seem interesting because it’s about me?

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans

speechwriter

06/15/17 08:30

The president said, in sonorous tones that oozed sincerity and suggested profundity: “We are stronger when we’re united.” True, as clichés often are. I’d have preferred: “We are safer when there’s gun control.”

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans

The New Yorker has lost some of its imperiousness over the years; for instance, it now publishes letters. But those letters constitute for me its greatest mystery: Do the editors never receive a funny one, or do they simply have no sense of humor?

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans

screen test

06/09/17 08:54

I can't decide what to see this weekend: "The Mummy" or "Wonder Woman." Perhaps I'll just wait till next summer's "Wonder Mummy."

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans