"We read," said William Nicholson, "to know we are not alone." But in a time of Facebook, Twitter, and surveillance, my mentor, The Happy Tutor, teaches, "We must write to remain alone." I am not sure what he means. But maybe that is what he means. I don't know. Maybe my not knowing is the point. But that would be so sad. He is my only friend, though, apparently, imaginary.