Charles Simic and The Little Notebook at NYRB
29 October 2011
It’s no surprise that I would be delighted to read Charles Simic at NYRB on the virtues of keeping a notebook, of writing things down longhand. I still write in a Moleskine journal, and I use spiral notebooks and Bic pilot pens for writing fiction and essays. I write emails more than texts, which I know is rather outdated, and I still can’t quite get comfortable posting at Facebook (and don’t tweet), because I find that degree of brevity and frequency really stressful.
But I wonder about iPhones/iPads. I’ve been tempted for a while but haven’t seriously considered it yet (price point is of course an issue). I like the idea of an “all-in-one” device, but what’s still missing from the “all” is, well, words. If words are your main medium (generating them, that is), not images or sound or information chunks, then the i-devices still aren’t quite for you. Yesterday, I left my phone somewhere, and for a short while I didn’t know where. I thought, O shit, I’m going to have a get a new phone. Will it be an i-phone? I wondered. There is a feeling that a year from now, it won’t even be a question or a choice but a foregone conclusion — you’ll need an iphone like you need, say, a refrigerator.
I did find my phone, so it’s all okay for now. But a year from now… well, let’s just say that I do hope Charles Simic is still writing for NYRB.