Friday, September 5, 2008


I bought ear plugs this afternoon; and they have been helpful. In the last couple of days I have been half-mad with irritation at all the noise in the city and in the house in which I have been living: the noise of people having loud intimate conversations everywhere, in libraries and shops and on the train and sidewalk, and the noise of my late landlady's son and his family and friends. If the conversations contained anything at all that I wanted to hear, the irritation might be less, but as they contain nothing of interest to me, even when they have some logic or sense, it all registers as noise.