A Dead BlackBerry
[H]uman nature was originally one and we were a whole, and the desire and pursuit of the whole is called love.
—Plato, The Symposium
When my BlackBerry died I took it to a cell phone store in San Francisco’s Mission district. I handed it over to the clerk the way I would give my cat Elvis to the vet. “JVM 523,” I said mournfully. When I’d woken up the screen was blank but for that cryptic error message.
The clerk called tech support while I wandered around the store, peering at cell phone covers and batteries. He...