Digtal Cameras, Cameraphones “Ruin” Booksignings

NY Times Sunday Jan 6:

The British novelist/actor/comedian/poetry tutor Stephen Fry is quoted as saying of booksignings– in the past someone wanting a picture “would go behind the signing table to put an arm round me or a hand on my shoulder as I signed the book with a flourish while looking up into the lens grinning soupily. Of course B wouldn’t be acquainted with A’s particular make of camera. Today everyone has a camera. They have a dedicated digital machine or something built into their mobile phone. As a result of this ubiquity the signing queue has become such a living hell that I don’t do them anymore. All the pleasure has been sucked out.”


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