At a press conference in New York this afternoon, Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature this morning, was asked what he believes the future holds for the book-publishing industry. The 74-year-old, who has written over 30 books, said: "My idea of books is paper books. I think this will change and keep changing, but my hope is that new technology won't mean the trivialization of the contents. I hope new technology will keep literature something deeply related to the most essential problems — social, human. The danger is that technology will impoverish the contents of the book, but this also depends on us! If we want literature to keep being what it has been, I think it's in our hands, not to permit technology to destroy what has been built on the long route of civilization. But we don't know what will happen in the future with literature and the arts, with technology. It's an enigma." [ArtsBeat/NYT]
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
Paramount Responds to Mother! Backlash: ‘Everyone Celebrates Netflix When They Tell a Story No One Wants to Tell’
Why Stephen Colbert Invited Sean Spicer to the Emmys
Jennifer Lawrence Sounds Like a Horrible Person to Be Stuck on a Plane With
Let’s Talk About That Scene in Mother!
The Jerry Seinfeldiest Joke That Jerry Seinfeld Ever Jerry Seinfelded
Jackie Hoffman Screams ‘Damn It’ After Losing to Laura Dern, Goes on Emmy-Worthy Twitter Tirade
How Does the New It Movie Deal With Stephen King’s Orgy Scene?
FBI Investigating Alleged Sex-Tape Extortion Plot Against Kevin Hart
The Real Housewives of Orange County Recap: Boob Tube
What’s New on Netflix: September 2017
Latest News from VultureIt Looks Like That Damon Lindelof Watchmen Series At HBO Is Actually Happening
According to Damon Lindelof’s Instagram, the work has begun.How Well Do Ghosted Stars Adam Scott and Craig Robinson Know Each Other?
The comics quiz each other about hometowns, early gigs, and beverage preferences.Cook-Off! Trailer: Melissa McCarthy Gets Her Hands (and Face) Dirty
The competitive-cooking mockumentary will be released on November 17.At Least Some of Hollywood Is Really Pissed About Sean Spicer’s Emmys Cameo
“Has the aura of a giant festering abscess. Strange, since he was so charismatic at the (elevated) podium.”YouTuber Hank Green Is Writing His First Novel, Confusing People Who Thought John Green Was the Book-Writing Brother
Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is out fall 2018.Perfume Genius’s ‘Wreath’ Video Is a Tribute to the Human Form
And it showcases the power of personal expression.The Good Place Season Two Is So Forking Great
The series solidifies its status as the most intellectually engaging comedy on television.How the Laura Palmer House’s Actual Homeowner Ended Up in Twin Peaks: The Return’s Final Scene
“I was standing in the kitchen and David walked up to me and said, Have you ever acted?”Hillary Clinton Just Notched Another Popular Vote Win
Rachel Maddow’s interview with Clinton was the top-rated cable news broadcast last week.MoviePass Is Luring Millennials Back to the Multiplex. Why Is Hollywood So ‘Meh’?
“If we’re doubling the frequency of the customers who’ve been abandoning you, you’d think they’d cut us in on some of your increased profits.”
Morgan Freeman makes a cameo as president. Naturally.Three-Sentence Reviews: Peter Saul’s Fake News, Trevor Paglen’s Zombie Conceptualism, and 7 More September Shows
Thank God for Peter Saul.All of Our Theories on What Mother! Is Actually About
Mother! is really about the environment; Mother! is really about The Sims.7 Teen Dramas That Wouldn’t Exist Without Gossip Girl
From Pretty Little Liars to Riverdale.Jada Pinkett Smith Denies Being a Scientologist, Says She’s Just Sci-Curious
“I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech … but I am not a Scientologist.”Vulture Investigates: Jennifer Lawrence’s Immortality
In one year, she played a 49-year-old mutant (X Men: Apocalypse) and a 34-year-old businesswoman (Joy).Master of Celebrity Torture Ellen DeGeneres Spooked Poor Sarah Paulson With a Two-Clown Sneak Attack
Paulson gets not one, not two, but three scares.Gucci Mane Got Out of Prison and Wrote a Book. Here’s How It All Happened.
“If you want to be a rapper, you have to put yourself in the public eye. You subject yourself to the praise, ridicule, and insults.”The Gossip Girl Creators Look Back at What Never Made It to Air
A box of giant dildos.The Best Part of Gossip Girl Was Talking About Gossip Girl
Your one and only source for recaps of the Greatest Show of Our Time.