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News Tue Nov 17 2009

Dave Eggers Loves Newspapers

The Guardian has an interview with Dave Eggers on the San Francisco Panorama, the broadsheet that will work as the forthcoming issue of McSweeney's. Says Eggers on his optimism for the printed word:

I love papers. There's a downbeat atmosphere about the future of the form so we thought we could demonstrate some things newspapers do uniquely well: the main way they can continue to exist is to differentiate themselves as much as possible from the internet...Paper is a uniquely beautiful format, more so than the web, I think: you need to invest in the aesthetics. We're resurrecting practices from 100 years ago - like printing full-page comics. We want to give young people ways to engage with it, feel ownership of it.

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