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Paul Theroux Talks E-books

Paul Theroux Talks E-books

The Atlantic has their fiction 2010 issue published. As always, it is a great collection of stories and essays, including one by Paul Theroux (Malawi 1963-65), on “Fiction in the Age of E-books”…..The Atlantic says that analysts estimate Americans will buy on the order of 6 million e-readers this years–and by 2014, an estimated 32 million people will own one. What does this mean to writers, storytelling, etc., they asked Theroux in a short q & a. that appears in the current issue. In part of his replies about e-books, Paul replied, “Movable type seemed magical to the monks who were illuminating manuscripts and copying texts. Certainly e-books seem magical to me.” Paul, however, admits that he still writes his first drafts in longhand. Finally, the interviewer asks: What’s your advice for a young person who wants to grow up to become a fiction writer? PT: Notice how many of . . .

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