I truly hope Tom Gillette is healthy and returns to Stereophle soon. I have no idea what the "issue" is and have no desire to know. I don't particularly rely on Tom's viewpoints any more-just as I used to read Mikey's writing with relish long before I returned to vinyl-but he is first and foremost a real human being who conveys much of that with his content and style. So many audio writers stick with the impersonal and the banal. Too much of the audio reviewing is snoozefest. Not so with Tom.
Nothing stays the same forever and I can only presumeTom is nearing the end of his writing career. I miss Larry Archibald (quite a bit), Jonathan Skull (as a regular contributor) and Wes Philips too (ditto). They too managed to weave audio writing with real life. So it goes. At least Art Dudey and Mikey will be around for a while. Or so I would presume.
And while I am bloviating, it is a shame this forum is essentially dead. While it is surely true that with heightened activity comes the usual jerks with jerkish comments and attacks, I would much prefer that, which I can ignore, than silence. The other forums are mostly lacking in one way or another, and none feature the many experts at Stereophile who can chime in where warranted.