The period was always the humblest of punctuation marks. Recently, however, it’s started getting angry. I’ve noticed it in my text messages and online chats, where people use the period not simply to conclude a sentence, but to announce “I am not happy about the sentence I just concluded.”Say you find yourself limping to the finish of a wearing workday.
I was worried, however, about working in bed. "I've tried it," the novelist Sam Lipsyte wrote me. "I thought it would make my work more Proustian. But whenever I lie down I fall asleep." I have the same weakness. Was bed my only option?
By Ben Crair; Photographs by Chiara Goia The road to Thimmamma Marrimanu leads through one of the driest parts of India. I picked it up in a town called Kadiri and drove another hour through camelback mountains and peanut fields. Granite boulders covered the brown landscape like a crumble topping.