Neal Stephenson – Brilliant

Neal Stephenson talking at the Boulder Book St...
Neal Stephenson talking at the Boulder Book Store at his signing of Anathem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mother Jones: You’ve tried various types of storytelling, from video games to interactive iPad novels. Why do you keep coming back to print?

Neal Stephanson: At the end of the day, I can just sit down and write a novel. I know how to do it, I know how to get it published. I don’t have to raise money and I don’t have to hire people. I don’t have to put together a spreadsheet explaining the revenue model. There are so many things, so many tasks like that that simply disappear when I just want to write a book. I’m interested in the problem of finding new ways to create media, but at the end of the day, if things aren’t coming together, I can always just say, “F*** it,” throw up my hands, go into my office, and write.

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