Do We Write Differently on a Screen?

Tim Parks, The New Yorker:

Write it and expect a response in hours. In minutes. You write the first chapter of a book and send it at once to four or five friends. Hoping they’d read it at once. It’s impossible to exaggerate how exciting this was, at first, and how harmful to the spirit.

While you sit at your computer now, the world seethes behind the letters as they appear on the screen.

…the world seethes behind the letters”. Nice.