Thursday, February 15, 2007

Manguel Speaks

Edmonton's Vue Weekly has a short interview with author Alberto Manguel, in which Manguel discusses his library, his writing process, translation, and the ephemerality (is that a word) of the printed word:

"VW: How much of a concern is the notion of posterity to you?

AM: None at all.

VW: Yet we want books around as long as possible.

AM: Of course. Other people’s books.

VW: Why not yours?

AM: When you look at the history of books, the enormous number written, then published, then read, then preserved, you see a cone narrowing to almost zero. I have no right to suppose I’m going to inhabit any part of that almost zero."

[h/t fade theory]

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