Sunday, November 24, 2013

New York Times has the Worst Quote Ever in "The Internet: A Welcome Distraction"

In "The Internet: A Welcome Distraction" New York Times writer MARIE MYUNG-OK LEE says:
Jonathan Franzen found the Internet such a threat that he disabled it by plugging an Ethernet cable into his computer with super glue.
This makes no sense.

If you plugged the cable in with superglue, it'd be be plugged in forever. Right?

Here's the original quote from Lev Grossman's TIME article, Jonathan Franzen: Great American Novelist:
Franzen works in a rented office that he has stripped of all distractions. He uses a heavy, obsolete Dell laptop from which he has scoured any trace of hearts and solitaire, down to the level of the operating system. Because Franzen believes you can't write serious fiction on a computer that's connected to the Internet, he not only removed the Dell's wireless card but also permanently blocked its Ethernet port. "What you have to do," he explains, "is you plug in an Ethernet cable with superglue, and then you saw off the little head of it."
Makes more sense now right?

" saw off the little head of it."

Oh man.

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