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'A deep-sea dive'

23 August 2010

'Writing is a deep-sea dive. You need hours just to get into it: down, down, down. If you're called back to the surface every couple of minutes by an email, you can't ever get back down. I have a great friend who became a Twitterer and he says he hasn't written anything for a year.

I only read on paper. I don't have an e-reader or an i-Phone. I have the best time reading newspapers. I don't believe books are dead. I've seen the figures. Sales of adult fiction are up in the worst economy since the Depression.'

Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and Zeitoun, in the Observer