Adam Gopnik on the Internet: It’s Better than Alcohol, Adultery!


By Glynnis Comment

art_gopnik-adam_042007.jpgOver at the NYT‘s Paper Cuts blog Adam Gopnik sums up the Internet experience (except for the hockey part.

Writing is the process of finding something to distract you from writing, and of all the helpful distractions — adultery, alcohol and acedia, all of which aided our writing fathers — none can equal the Internet. Like everyone else, my life now is simply a string of e-mails fueled by caffeine, and when not e-mailing I am hopping from political blog to political Web site to ice-hockey fan “boards,” on one of which I live a second, secret life as an unduly opinionated commentator called “SherbrookeW.”