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.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Jonathan Franzen on the Difference between Typewriter and Computer
In an interview of the Paris Review, Jonathan Franzen observes: