It is Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022. Five people are due to have dinner in an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The hosts are a retired physics professor and her husband; they are joined by one of her former students and await the arrival of another couple, delayed by what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris. In the apartment, talk ranges widely. The opening kickoff is one commercial away. Then something happens and the digital connections that have transformed our lives are severed.
Sometimes I will read a book and find that it makes no sense at all. There are many books in the world, so I will accept defeat and move on to the next. In this case, I persevered because it is a very short book. A very short book that I didn’t understand. That’s not to say that it is a bad book, but it’s certainly one for cleverer folk than I.