I am reading Bernard-Henri Lévy’s Who Killed Daniel Pearl?, a volume well reviewed in 2003, and shall probably go on to Robert S. Wistrich’s A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism, for Antiquity to the Global Jihad, for, quite accidentally, the ease of typing faster than I can speak — about 80-WPM if hot — has been interrupted by “the most common bed-making accident”: jamming an undersized fitted sheet beneath a mattress, only finding the fist, middle finger (yes, that one) foremost, jammed between the mattress and sloping leather foot-board.
It was a postmodern accident in a way: my insurer’s “urgent care” was an hour and two counties away, much aligned that with the nation’s health care imbroglio, so I got the busted digit figured out using digital resources online. With the assistance of retired local doctors and active pharmacy clerks — while in the drugstore and on the line to Kaiser, the wait for advice alone was 30 minutes, so nix that service too — and the presence of very good comprehensive pharmacy in the vicinity, I got the skinny on 3M “micropore” waterproof tape, useful splints, and the best advice from former patients (same thing): “Six weeks, don’t monkey with it!”
It took a while for the foam bed of the splint to collapse, the tape technique to get simple, the necessity of holding that knuckle down to become clear (“Mallet Finger” it looks like, and I want the tendon — now the two parts of it to grow back long on to the shortest scar tissue possible) and am now in the “lessons learned” portion of the first phase (e.g. wear a mitten outside because the metal splint will freeze the tip of the affected finger; also type flat fingered: in fact, any curling action needed — start with lifting a frying pan — the left hand gets the work).
So I am in reading for long hours instead of hanging out here blogging or chatyping on Facebook.
This may turn out a blessing in disguise: writers need long hours, and long hours with a book becomes what reading can and should be: an alternative wakeful experience in depth.
There is nothing like it.
I may go so far as to say the sinking into long reading stands a fair chance of defragmenting my own drive and with it my approach to time and freedom.
When the splint comes off in mid-January, I’ll be back, busy, and available for editorial and research tasking.
In the meantime, I cannot tell you how much one’s hand needs one’s chief offending finger to do the simplest things . . . .
Still, it’s not like it’s the end of the world. 😉 😉