Some Quotes from the Interview:
“Twitter will not ruin literature any more than telegrams did”
“Go back and read all of your Sherlock Holmes over again: Watson is always getting telegrams from Holmes. Sherlock didn’t speak that way but he was talking to Watson in an ordinary fashion. The short form of communication was like that because of the monetary restraint”
“People are using this form to tell very short stories”
One of the key messages for me is:
“The Internet is pushing people more towards being literate. It’s helping them enter the world of writing stories in a way that wouldn’t have been available for people like you or me when we were adolescents.”
I love how Ms Atwood, an important Canadian Literary figure of our time embraces digital media channels in such a positive and hopeful way.
“We love to interact and we will do it in any way that is available to us including smoke signals, carving your name on a tree, writing letters, writing messages, texting on phones, posting stuff on Social Media…. it’s just something that human beings do”
Ok – I’m off to the library to get a book by Margaret Atwood – can you recommend one?