On Microwaves and Cancel Buttons

Around this time last year, when everyone on earth was struggling for something to focus on, I was obsessing over household appliances and the sounds they make. Perhaps some of those buzzes and bloops would have been on my mind in any case — I’d been more or less stuck inside, in close proximity to the noises and their sources, for months that felt like years. But this new area of focus was primarily a professional one. I was writing about household noises for the

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