Clive James on the importance of the café culture to… well, culture:
Today, people use machinery to write, and need a telephone right in front of them, instead of in a little booth downstairs next to the lavatory. They write at the studio or in the office. They might meet for lunch at the café, but a lunch hour isn’t long enough to get the unimportant things said. The talk that counts is the talk that doesn’t matter, and to get that you need time to spare.
Cafés have been taken from us, too. But hey, we can always have coffee dates on Zoom, amirite?