No, smoking isn’t cool. But if it was cool, Tom Waits would look cool doing it.

Tom Waits is also cool because he has conversations like this one (1988):

Tom Waits: Yeah, well, living with kids is like living with a bunch of drunks. You know you really have to be on your toes all the time. You know, things are falling over and breaking and spilling and, you know. If you live on the second story, you really have to keep the windows shut all the time.

WNEW DJ: Do they have a clue as to what daddy does?

TW: Yeah, they just think I play.

DJ: That’s pretty neat.

TW: They don’t think I have a job. They think I’m just like them.

DJ: And are you?

TW [laughing hard]: [They think I] just get up in the morning and you know, fall down on the floor and roll around and yell and laugh.