I’ve been reading ebooks from ManyBooks.net since high school. ManyBooks.net is a site full of free, public domain ebooks downloadable in all formats — a Treo when I was in high school and Kindle downloads for my iPhone now.
The Age of Innocence is one of those (e)books I read at least once a year — Edith Wharton was so elegant a writer that you need to read each of her stories at least three times before you realize how rich her work was with moral tension and scenery that reflects the living souls of characters.
If you watch The Age of Innocence — with Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer directed by Scorsese — you’ll note that the drawing room’s fire sparks during high points of quiet conversation between unrequited lovers. Then you’ll reread the book — going on five times? Five hundred? — , and wonder how you ever missed that…
You need to sign up for Google Voice .
I signed up last week, received my invite email, and snagged a great Google Voice number. The most basic, boss thing about Google Voice? Google Voice lets you pick one number that’ll ring all your phones: your Blackberry, iPhone, home phone, that home-no-one-knows-about phone, and your office. But it gets better than that: Google Voice screens all your calls discretely, lets you set up different outgoing messages for different callers (“Maybe you’ll get lucky and I’ll call you back, toots,” to “You’ve reach the office of Me, Incorporated,” and even “The number you have dialed has been disconnected”).
But the best part of Google Voice? Voicemail. All of your messages are automatically transcribed, emailed or texted to you, and saved online, forever. You can mark voicemail as spam and block callers that way. Or you can listen into your voicemail messages live, and interrupt a message if the call’s worthy of your immediate attention.
How much trouble is Google Voice going to help you avoid?
I’ll give you my new number — it’s good — but since I can so carefully screen my calls now, I’m not sure I’d pick up.
You know, because you give such good voicemail.