One reason I've been more out of touch than usual is that I'm using a new computer, a MacBook with the flat key design. Some people swear by them. But for someone who is used to typing relatively quickly without being a touch typist, chiefly by exerting a good deal of force, the absence of concavity is sorely felt. I haven't been able to get in a flow thus far. And the use of an external keyboard defeats the purpose of having a laptop. Plus, the USB port seems slow to respond at times, which can lead to awkward delays. I was about to write that this entry is as literal as I ever get or, to put that insight in my usual parlance, absolutely, positively not an allegory. But then I got to thinking and realized that my struggles with typing might have some deeper significance. After all, I've been feeling hostile towards ideals, particularly on the Left. Maybe I'm engaged in an unconscious meta-commentary on Max Weber's applicability to the present conjuncture. Or maybe I'm just getting old.