Vox: MARIA TAKOLANDER
The Verity La Forum was conducted by Alec Patric from July 2011 to December 2011
The demarcation between electronic and print literature, for writers at any rate, has been blurred for quite a while. I mean, I’ve been working in e-form—directly onto a computer—for almost two decades, which means I’ve also been reading in e-form for that long too. So I’m not too alarmed by the shift to an e-format. We don’t have a problem with having electronic libraries for our music. I’m sure we’ll also get used to having electronic libraries for our books.
I guess some people fear that the death of the material book means the death of literature, but storytelling and poetry has a long history—one that precedes the printed book—and will, I’m sure, have a long future. It’s also my experience that the pleasure of reading comes from a “virtual” experience, which is certainly not contingent upon the medium of the printed book, which I forget about when I become lost in the reading experience. As for the emergence of new forms (rather than new standards), why not? Playfulness and multiplicity are surely key to a healthy culture.
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