One of my students recently commented heatedly that thanks to technology, we no longer know how to “use our mouths.” I wasÂ reminded of the satirical use ofÂ verbaling in Gary Shteyngart’sÂ Super Sad True Love Story, where speech is so uncommon that it’s marked.Â
When I saw these children in the store a few days ago, there was nothing unusual about the scene. It plays out again and againÂ in theÂ paths I crossÂ every day. What struck me was that these children never moved. From the time I walked in to the time I walked out, they remained statuesquelyÂ in situ.