Ann Patchett and Her Aversion To Technology

Interesting article about Ann Patchett in The Washington Post over the weekend about how she can't deal with cell phones and technology and always creates settings in her books where her characters are isolated and don't have access to phones. (Bel Canto, State of Wonder). Patchett hasn't watched TV since junior high school, hates going on her book tours, uses an old flip phone that doesn't text, and is married with no kids. In related news, my audiobook of State of Wonder arrived today – yippee!


  • June 23, 2011 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    Fascinating! I loved State of Wonder, and I’m eager to read more of her novels. Thanks for sharing this link!

  • June 23, 2011 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    It’s really interesting. I’m glad that she knows it’s not her strength and just leaves it out. Sometimes when authors try to insert technology it just comes out stilted and awkward.

  • Kiki
    June 28, 2011 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    State of Wonder was probably the best book I’ve read this year so far…no modern conveniences in that setting, that’s for sure!

  • June 29, 2011 - 8:20 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t know this about her. I love her work.
    Sometimes I wish I could press rewind on the old VCR, and tape my favorite shows! Was the world always moving THIS fast. Can’t wait to read State of wonder, have heard ONLY amazing things about it.

  • June 29, 2011 - 10:03 pm | Permalink

    I am such a techie but I am always amazed by people who pride themselves on living without all of the comforts, convenience, and distractions of technology.

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