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Talking Paper Interview Series: Lothar Müller

Talking Paper Interview Series: Lothar Müller

Lothar Müller is a journalist and author who serves as editor of the features section at German daily newspaper Süddeutsche ZeitungHe has also taught general and comparative literature at Berlin Free University, and is currently an honorary professor at Berlin's Humboldt University. In February of 2012, he published Weiße Magie: Die Epoche des Papiers, which in November of 2014 was re-published in English by Polity Press as White Magic: The Age of Paperwith translation from German by Jessica Spengler [read our review of his book here]. The book's 263 pages boil down the history of paper, and its importance as a continuing technology. From its origins in China as a bureaucratic tool, paper travelled west as a commodity through the Middle East and on to Europe, where it was the material inspiration for Johannes Gutenberg's creation of the printing press in the mid-15th century. As the publishing of words has moved from paper to the digital domain, the future profitability of printing daily newspapers has come into question. Yet Müller argues that paper as a technology of information storage will go on. He shared his thoughts on "The Paper Age," and its origins and future via a Skype interview from his home in Germany.

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