Richard Rodriguez wrote yesterday in the New York Times: "I am a writer in a city where nobody carries a book."
He lives in San Francisco.
But they do carry smartphones. "I find," he wrote, "that I am looking at a city that doesn't look back."
Yesterday evening on the NBC Nightly News the head of the CDC was quoted as saying that people who care for Ebola patients should not "undergo travel."
"Do you 'undergo' travel?" Hania asked.
"Not really. You 'undergo' torture," I said, not immediately realizing the increased similarity between the two activities.