Haven't you felt a peculiar sort of worry about the chair in your living room that no one sits in?
Wikipedia is just an incredible thing. It is fact-encirclingly huge, and it is idiosyncratic, careful, messy, funny, shocking and full of simmering controversies - and it is free, and it is fast.
I blush easily. I have difficulty meeting people's eye, difficulty with public speaking, the normal afflictions of the shy, but not to a paralysing degree.
Printed books usually outlive bookstores and the publishers who brought them out. They sit around, demanding nothing, for decades. That's one of their nicest qualities - their brute persistence.
I've never been a fast reader. I'm fickle; I don't finish books I start; I put a book aside for five, ten years and then take it up again.
Wikipedia flourished partly because it was a shrine to altruism.
I think I am done with Wikipedia for the time being. But I have a secret hope. Someone recently proposed a Wikimorgue - a bin of broken dreams where all rejects could still be read, as long as they weren't libelous or otherwise illegal.
First, if you love the Kindle and it works for you, it isn't problematic, and you should ignore all my criticisms and read the way you want to read.
For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers form a control group for whom the world is a placebo.
I was very shy and somewhat awkward. I studied too hard. And to have this exciting dorm life was a whole new thing.
Spoon the sauce over the ice cream. It will harden. This is what you have been working for.
When I really want to be soothed and reminded of why people bother to fiddle with sentences, I often read poetry.
I hadn't played any music since freshman year of college, more than thirty years ago, so I had to relearn everything. I started writing songs. Some were dance and trance songs (I listen to them a lot while I'm writing), and some were love songs, because that after all is what music is about - dancing and trancing and love and love's setbacks.
I like shelves full of books in a library, but if all books become electronic, the task of big research libraries remains the same - keep what's published in the form in which it appeared.
I don't do all that well in the writerly world. I'm happier being outside the flow.
I keep thinking I'll enjoy suspense novels, and sometimes I do. I've read about 20 Dick Francis novels.
I no longer want to live in an apartment furnished with forklifts and backhoes.
I'm often called obsessive, but I don't think I am any more than anyone else.
I've always thought of myself as shy.
Many good poets are really essayists who write very short essays.