I'm a little slow these days getting around to all my favorite parts of The New York Times Sunday paper. This morning I finally got to The Book Review...from July 18th, that is. Don't ask me why but I almost always start with the back inside essay. I just do. In the July 18th issue I found an essay by Gary Shteyngart titled "Only Disconnect". I would have read the essay no matter what but my foggy brain recalled that I'd heard him interviewed on National Public Radio (WNYC here in NY) recently about his latest novel...but that's another story. As I read this essay I started chuckling outloud and then I became quiet and recognized myself within, though I don't even have a "smart phone". Here is the link to the essay online from The New York Times, if anyone has an interest: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/18/b...t-t.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Only Disconnect&st=cse and here is the introduction. Written by Gary Shteyngart on July 9th, this summer. See what you think. This isn't a diatribe against smartphones or even iPhones. It's a thoughtful essay and one that made me think about my own time here and how I want to use it. There's also a very cool image that goes along with the essay. It says it's an "illustration" but I think it's a photograph, or a photo/illustration.