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Post December 22, 2009, 07:50:10 AM

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I quite liked this, and the thinking behind it, though I wonder if the story maybe needed more in the way of a reason to destroy the machine. Currently, the mistrust of the lead character seems no more than a personal foible, rather than a justifiable response.

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Post January 02, 2010, 03:21:55 PM

Can you imagine the drivel that would pervade the internet and media if everyone could run out and buy a Mind-Writer? Or imagine the superbly graphic porn sites?

Like Ethan I used a typewriter for years. A Smith-Corona 2200 that I bought at the Marine Corps Exchange in 1973. It used a ribbon cartridge (and a white-out cartridge). I had file drawers filled with manuscripts.

I accepted the computer age readily and now compose on an iBook. Forty manuscripts fit nicely on a flash drive, with space for at least that many more.

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Post January 06, 2010, 09:41:53 AM

Drivel

I thought this was a well written and well thought out piece - probably a reflection of writer's terror as you know what you want to say but just can't seem to get the words on paper.
As far as what drivel would leak onto the internet - okay, I'm old, given - but I can't see what great works of art could come from twittering. I know that in Pakistan, when the internal governments were clashing, people twittered and got word out. So I can see where it would be utilitarian - but there a world of difference between "...and now I'm sitting here at Starbucks reading Vanity Fair..." and real writing. Get over yourselves people, noone really cares about every moment of your waking life - unless you are a big celebrity like my man Johnny Depp.
Beyond that, if I really want to write something up to my standards, I need to sit at a bar, beer in one hand and a pen in the other. I can't actually create on a computer.

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Post January 06, 2010, 12:19:53 PM

I create best with a vodka martini beside me, Mozart on the CD player and my fingers poised over the word processor's keyboard.

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Post January 11, 2010, 03:03:00 PM

I bet you have Prince Edward in a can, too.

gino_ss wrote:I create best with a vodka martini beside me, Mozart on the CD player and my fingers poised over the word processor's keyboard.

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Well, tell Mozart to get off your CD player. Those things aren't designed to support much weight. And unpoise your fingers and get to processing them words, already, lest we go more than a month or two with no Strout in the index.

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Post January 11, 2010, 08:11:13 PM

New one coming soon, Robert.

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Post January 12, 2010, 09:27:15 AM

write more

It sounds to me as if he just needs to buy more vodka. Lose the bottle - lose the genie! And remember our Flash challenge in Fun & games. I'm working on mine now - well, not right now, I'm drivelling right now...OMG I'm twittering!

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Post January 12, 2010, 01:34:13 PM

Many contemporary authors drink more than they write.
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