Aziz Ansari’s latest interview is an eye opener. Speaking to GQ, Ansari talks about living like a “vagabond” — he’s lived in Japan, Italy and Paris. He talks about feeling lonely and, oh, balls, there’s a lot of talk about balls.
One striking fact that came out of this interview is the fact that Ansari has quit the internet. No emails, no Instagram, no web browsers, no nothing. Please don’t start hyperventilating just yet, this article has a happy ending.
Not even the one doing the interview could really believe that Ansari had quit cold turkey. “I heard you deleted the Internet from your phone,” he said. “And that you deleted Twitter and Instagram and e-mail. No way that's true, right?”
“It is!” Ansari assured him. “Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go onThe New York Times to see if there's a new thing, it's not even about the content. It's just about seeing a new thing.”
“You get addicted to that feeling,” Ansari explained. “You're not going to be able to control yourself. So the only way to fight that is to take yourself out of the equation and remove all these things.”
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“But most of the shit you look up, it's not stuff you need to know. All those websites you read while you're in a cab, you don't need to look at any of that stuff. It's better to just sit and be in your own head for a minute.”
“I wanted to stop that thing where I get home and look at websites for an hour and a half,” Ansari admitted, “checking to see if there's a new thing. And read a book instead.” Do they still print books?
“I've been doing it for a couple months, and it's worked. I'm reading, like, three books right now. I'm putting something in my mind. It feels so much better than just reading the Internet and not remembering anything.”
What about the important stuff — the interviewer asks — the news and the politics? “I was reading all this Trump stuff,” Ansari explained “and it doesn't feel like we're reading news for the reason we used to, which was to get a better sense of what's going on in the world and to enrich yourself by being aware. It seems like we're reading wrestling rumors.”
Sounds idyllic? Maybe. But then, if someone wants to reach Ansari, they will reach him. On the other hand, we have to keep using emails and Instagram and every other form of communication, no? How else will people know where we are and what we're up to?