The Electric Typewriter

Great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers.
21st Jul

by James Gleick

We’ve entered the condition that David Foster Wallace called Total Noise: “the tsunami of available fact, context, and perspective.”

1st Feb

by James Gleick

No matter how fast a movie goes these days — or a situation comedy, a newscast, a music video or a television commercial — it is not fast enough.

3rd Dec

by James Gleick

The spam epidemic has just a few themes and variations: phone cards, cable descramblers, vacation prizes. Easy credit, easy weight loss, free vacations, free Girlz. Inkjet cartridges and black-market Viagra, get-rich-quick schemes and every possible form of pornography. 

4th Sep

by James Gleick

When I got to John Simpson and his band of lexicographers in Oxford earlier this fall, they were working on the P’s. Pletzel, plish, pod person, point-and-shoot, polyamorous…