Barton Swaim, author of the new attention-getting book The Speechwriter, is being interviewed right and left, including by our own beloved NYC/WNYC Brian Lehrer, and that is such good news. The book is about being a speechwriter for three years on the team of the Appalachian Trail-walking Mark Sanford, former governor of South Carolina. He describes his book as a comedy.
Barton is a faithful member of a Presbyterian church close to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, SC, and I had the pleasure of lunch with him recently. He has been writing all along for the Wall Street Journal, First Things, and other publications, but this new book puts him on the larger scene. He’s a little bit like Ross Douthat but with a killer sense of humor.
This interview with him will give you the general idea: