I wonder on the RR Martin pause between books as to whether it's sort of an artist protest.
I mean, were kind of used to the automated providing of various goods and services. You don't have to know the person who delivers it, nor know the people who provided the materials. You can just demand.
So what happens when the person wont just damn well give you what you want, when you want it?
You're sort of left questioning who they are to do that?
Sort of left learning about the other person. For a change.
Though he's not going to learn about you, is he, so is it warranted?
Still, maybe its worth learning this, instead of feeling you live your life not depending on anyone - when were at the peak of infrastructural needyness ever (sorry, do you bury your toilet waste?).
Make our dependencies far more obvious - all on waiting for a book.