This is NOT Richard Powers. This is my contribution to the smooth/hairy debate begun by Elizabeth in the last post.
Anyway, what is so fascinating about Richard Powers, is that he wrote The Echo Maker using voice recognition software. He didn't type it. He spoke the book. He believes that speaking vs. typing are two completely different processes, and that typing is artificial and extremely unnatural. Like for instance, this man's extremely smooth chest:
Can anyone identify whose chest is above? Famous chest... Anyway, what was I saying? Right: When I look back on the likes of say, Jane Austen, writing away with her dip pen (historical authors note: no, I don't know the correct name for Jane's pen, that's why I write only contemporary), I wonder how she ever managed such a polished book. Will the writers of the future look back on us typists as completely quaint and retro? Like for instance, a man who looks like this?:
Anyway, this got me interested enough in male chests, I mean, in voice recognition software, to try it. Has anyone out there ever "written" this way? Anyone still use pen and paper? A typewriter? Do you think that Richard Powers is ahead of the curve and we'll all be speaking our books soon? Would you want to read a book "written" this way?
And who WAS that second chest? (The first chest is the model on the cover of Sexiest Man Alive--who, if you'll note has a smooth chest on his, er, "head" shot and a not-so-smooth chest on the cover of Sexiest Man Alive. Hmm...)