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out of time

10/23/14 08:45

You know you work for a monthly magazine when you see pumpkins outside the supermarket and your first thought is, 'What are they doing here in December?'

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized
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end of an era

10/22/14 08:45

One of the last of the great newspaper editor obituaries.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized
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the WLRN listener

10/21/14 07:42

It took Hania three hours to get home from Boynton Beach last night because of two accidents on I-95.

"On the bright side," I told her, "it could have happened last week during the pledge drive."

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized

Richard Rodriguez wrote yesterday in the New York Times: "I am a writer in a city where nobody carries a book."

He lives in San Francisco.

But they do carry smartphones. "I find," he wrote, "that I am looking at a city that doesn't look back."

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missing something?

10/17/14 07:25

Sitting atop a table at my local Barnes & Noble are the new Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Sports Writing and Best American Mystery Writing.

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synonyms

10/16/14 08:21

Yesterday evening on the NBC Nightly News the head of the CDC was quoted as saying that people who care for Ebola patients should not "undergo travel."

"Do you 'undergo' travel?" Hania asked.

"Not really. You 'undergo' torture," I said, not immediately realizing the increased similarity between the two activities.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Travel