Once upon a time (1) : communication overkill

22 May

Isherwood«What a mania for communication! A notice of the least important committee meeting on the most trivial of subjects will be run off and distributed in hundreds of copies. Everybody is informed of everything. George glances through them all and then tosses the lot into the waste-basket…»

‘George’, an Englishman living in California and working as professor of English at a local college, is George Falconer, the main fictional character of Christopher Isherwood’s masterly novel A single man, published in 1964, a date which implies that present-day overloaded mailboxes and social media tools had in George’s case still the form of «a pigeon-hole […] stuffed with papers»

Impossible to resist the temptation offered by the above passage, when reading the book a couple of weeks ago…🙂pigeon-hole

P.S.: pigeon-hole’s photo is from the Department of Chemistry’s website at the University of York. Christopher Isherwood’s belongs to the authors’ pages at Vintage Books, from whose edition of ‘A single man’ (p. 30) I took the quote.

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