Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Nathaniel West

There was a period when Facebook was still a novelty. People used it to confide. There was the excitement of a new form of community whose name was "planned obsolescence." Still it was almost as if FB users were talking to themselves and saying things they wouldn't have told anybody. It was something like the way writers feel.They know their submissions are being read by sows but continue flushing them into cyberspace anyway. You'd hear anything from an irritating iteration of one's tennis score to an admission from a wife saying something she never had told her husband before: that she had never loved him and wanted a divorce. Yes at a certain time before Meta changed its algorithms to totally accommodate advertising and Russian and Chinese election interference, it was something between Nathaniel West's Miss Lonelyhearts and the town dump.

read "The Findings" by Francis Levy, Evergreen Review

and listen to "Dance Crazes of the 60s"

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