Is this internet killing books? What do poetry and software have in common? Can computers write literature? I write about three new books that dig into those questions, including Vikram Chandra’s Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software. From the review:
Nostalgia, not the internet, is killing literature. Even if the surfing and grazing and browsing we do online have ruined us for anything longer than a blog post – and I’m not convinced that sustained attention is altogether a lost cause – the cure does not lie in longing for some half- invented time when serious people lost themselves in novels.