The Great Japanese Cellphone Novel?

Check out this mind-boggling piece in today’s New York Times about the rise of the “cellphone novel” in Japan! OMG!

And to think I was waxing nostalgic on the air a couple weeks ago about old-fashioned manual typewriters.

The story notes that one cellphone novel written by a high school senior was turned into a hardback book that’s sold more than 400,000 copies. The monosyllabically named author, Rin, says traditional novels leave her cold:

“They don’t read works by professional writers because their sentences are too difficult to understand, their expressions are intentionally wordy, and the stories are not familiar to them,” she said.


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