When I search for books in my college library computer system, sometimes the search engine simply says “Catastrophic failure.” Which is not extremely helpful, but is amusing. And I wonder what makes this failure catastrophic. In my view, a catastrophic failure would involve my computer exploding, or the library collapsing in upon me, or all of the books being raptured toward heaven while I was left behind with the naked library stacks. In this case, however, the books remain, the library still stands, and my computer continues to work. And, moreover, I am still mostly sourceless, scraping onto the second of nearly ten pages, and wasting time writing other things.