Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jonathan Franzen on the Difference between Typewriter and Computer

In an interview of the Paris Review, Jonathan Franzen observes:
In terms of process, the one small difference between a typewriter and a computer is that a computer makes it easier to find fragments you’ve written and then forgotten about. When you work at a book for as long as I do, you end up doing a lot of assemblage from scavenged materials. And with a computer you’re more likely, on a slow morning, to drift over to another file folder and open up something old. Chunks of text travel with you, rather than getting buried in a drawer or stored in some remote, inaccessible location. ... chunks of writing that I could put together ...
This is certainly one difference, and it deserves to be improved upon.

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