even more pleased to find her making an argument I've been trying to support for... oh, for about as long as "word processing" has been an unavoidable fact of life. (I don't remember the exact date, but it has to go back at least thirty years, to when I was in technology studies and a friend in computer science foisted something like an early version of WordStar on me.)
Anyway, Proulx's comment:
Proulx believes the computer is "the enemy of careful writing." She prefers to write by hand, using the computer as "a joinery device."
"There's something about the rhythm of writing on the page with a pen," she says, "that is richly fulfilling -- like drawing a picture."
I've always liked Proulx's work. I read Shipping News before I saw the movie, and read many of her short stories -- though I somehow missed "Brokeback Mountain" until after the movie came out. And she's a curmudgeon, an honorific I cherish. And she's the same age as me, always a strong connection, especially for old people who've reached the point where they generally avoid giving advice to the young. It's not that we don't know better; it's that we know you won't believe us until you get here and find it out for yourselves.
Though by the time you get here, writing by hand may have gone the way of multiplication tables and the passenger pigeon.