Transductive Conversations…cont’d (via Lance Olsen)

baby at laptop


“One of the wonderful things about word processors is they transform all composition into continuous process.  You can rearrange, rewrite, tinker, copy, cut, paste, open separate files for separate chapters or story sections or poem fragments, a window for notes, another for your outline, and still another for your list of characters and their attributes, and have them all on your screen simultaneously so you can flip among them as necessary while your web browser provides you with a dictionary, a thesaurus, a Wikipedia page, a website to aid you checking this fact or that…

(The less than wonderful thing about word processors is they make every draft look like a final draft, sloppy writing look as polished as just-published.  Careful about being duped by the sheen, and don’t disregard the notion of trying to compose on a lined tablet unless you’ve already tried it and found it lacking; it is a method that both slows perception and increases conscientiousness).”

-Lance Olsen-



"A word is a bridge thrown between myself and an other - a territory shared by both" - M. Bakhtin

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