Beckett, can you hear me now

book excerpt comparing early undersea cable communication to a samuel beckett play

Reading a biography of Claude Shannon and adding a history of the first undersea cables to my to-read list.

From now on, when my wife spends 15 minutes going 'round and 'round with her mom and/or son, trying and failing to talk to each other with 21C devices, I'm going to picture Didi and Gogo swapping boots under a dead tree.

"You called but I didn't get to it until... hello? Are you... I'm calling you back hang on"

"I left you a voicemail; I forgot you don't know how to check it. Call me back when you..."

"Hello? B tried to call you; call him if he's got a signal and tell him to call me."