I don’t normally rant about technology, but

The new auto fill reply function from Gmail is horrible and I hate it and I can’t figure out how to turn it off. I love emails, they are the next best thing to real mail. Many of my dearest friends are overseas and, though instant messaging is great, there’s something special about getting a long email with rambling asides.

I got an email this morning from a friend in Marseille and it was so beautiful and evocative that I could almost smell the rosemary on the seaside cliffs she describes and see the irises blooming, yellow tongues and blue-purple bonnets, tall and bright and beautifully messy.

Then Gmail goes and spoils it by suggesting I reply “Great!”.