“Paul Valéry ws right about the modern tendency to avoid any work that cannot be abbreviated; computers are abbreviation made manifest. They take a lot of the work out of work, which may be fine in some professions or occupations, but for a novelist to try to take the work out of work is profoundly self-defeating: keeping the work in work is all-important. I’m writing this book with a pen, unlike my twenty-two previous books, because I don’t want the sentences to slip by so quickly that I don’t notice them. They need to be the work of hand, eye, and ear.”

— Larry McMurtry, “Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen.”

He’s referring to writing novels, but I think the same can be said of many endeavors, photography in particular.

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