Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Toibin sees novel surviving new technology

Award-winning Irish writer Colm Toibin firmly believes the novel will remain fundamentally unchanged by the Internet or other high-tech innovations, a realm in which he admits he is nearly illiterate.

Toibin, the author of such critically acclaimed novels as Brooklyn, The Master and The Blackwater Lightship, is set this week to appear on a panel to discuss The Author in the Age of the Internet, part of the London Review of Books' 30th anniversary celebration events in New York.

Toibin is a technophobe. He writes with a fountain pen on paper and cannot figure out how to send e-mails by phone. An interview with Reuters on Tuesday was delayed as Toibin fumbled with his cell phone, repeatedly failing to answer it.

I actually miss most calls, Toibin said apologetically over a landline from Princeton University where he teaches. Like an awful lot of writers, I am barely literate in the things that seem to matter now.

Full report here Reuters

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