Full Contact Authoring

September 28th, 2007 at 4:25 pm

One would typically assume that writing is a relatively safe occupation, a profession insulated from the more traditional workplace hazards by, among other things, cork-lined rooms and booze. But not any more.

Not since Jack Kerouac pushed the physical act of writing to new heights with “On The Road” have we seen anything as absurd and boggling as Japan’s cell phone novelists. Take that electronic books.

As reported in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, one such cell phone novelist, Satomi Nakamura, got so carried away that she broke a blood vessel on her right little finger.

Ouch! Would the WGA consider that worker’s comp?

I am all about pushing the medium to new places, but isn’t this taking writing somewhere close to the physicality of synchronized swimming?

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