Magazine October 5, 2020, Issue

Swamped by Technology

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Our baffling, ubiquitous new conveniences

Two or three more advances in personal technology, and I may have to leave the country — make that the planet. As things stand at the moment, the end of my tether is already well frayed. Examples are not difficult to adduce.

I currently have a Latin app on my iPhone, which I find very useful. So I thought I would add a French app. Only after having done so did I learn that the French app would cost $6.99 a month. Since I probably do not look up more than four or five French words a month — my most

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Joseph Epstein — Mr. Epstein is the author, most recently, of Gallimaufry, a Collection of Essays, Reviews, Bits.

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