Siri stopped working on my phone (“Something went wrong. Please try again.”) a few days ago and I am surprised to find how much I had come to rely upon it for all sorts of mundane little tasks. Fortunately—and weirdly—it still works on my watch at least.
I was listening to the If Books Could Kill episode on David Brooks’ Bobos In Paradise and at one point, they get to talking about mass culture’s takeover of everything and how people latch on to cultural signifiers like North Face gear and pickup trucks to prove their individualism.
It made me think of the snide posts that are routinely circulated showing how thousands of people would post basically the same photograph.
I picked this book up at that airport yesterday and I am about halfway through it. While I have some minor stylistic gripes here and there—I have those with pretty much any novel I read—I am really enjoying it so far.
I often find myself telling my kids that different people like different things, and that’s okay. I feel like a lot of people on the internet would do well to keep that in mind