My last symptom took the form of ridding the house of electronic junk. As if in vengeful sympathy my MacBook Pro turned on my trusty iMac (retro-future design, bright turquoise, I have two of them). My new stuff refuses to recognize files from my old stuff. New mysterious stuff is snubbing old mysterious stuff. End times are near.
And from the news it seems the world is falling apart. Could downloading the Word of God onto a Kindle be contributing? Rest easy, dear Dolores, I don't think so. I saw a real Gutenberg Bible at the J.P. Morgan library. The letters were still crisp and the ink a stark black. Yet I am sure that many people felt that the Bible was supposed to be written out by hand and illuminated -- which is actually how I write my books. Except the illuminations are just doodles.
Perhaps I have a form of hysteria that cannot be cured by friendly gadgets like this astonishing laptop. This other book at my elbow has a cover with a pebbly green texture. The pages have the smell of clean old paper. Perhaps instead of smelling salts one has only to open a well kept old book beneath her nose . . .