“It is language which most shows a man.” — William H. Gass, “Learning to Talk,” Commencement address for Washington University’s Class of 1979 (1979-05-18)
“Neither my father nor grandfather could put dates to their stories. Not because they had forgotten or were confused; the past was simply the past.” — V. S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River
The keyboard is not my friend today.
Incorrect. I have typed Mi instead of Me.
What the …. The letters aren’t even next to each other. I’m sure I was picturing me when I was typing. Next.
Incorrect. I have answered the wrong question correctly.
I change to hunt and stab typing. A k shows up in the place of an l. I aim for the backspace. =. A vigorous second attempt at the backspace goes south.
Inhale. Exhale. Feel the tension leave with the breath. It’s not the computer’s fault I’m tired.
“It appears to me that the electric telegraph chiefly serves to convey the news of misfortune rapidly, inaccurately, abruptly, and partially. We have now the fifth act of the tragedy before we know anything of the preceding ones. Then, again, the system of telegraphing tends more and more to divide official men into two classes — idiots and madmen.” — Arthur Helps, Brevia