November 24, 2014

No Paper Trail

The papers of Gabriel Garcia Marquez have just been transferred to The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Tucked into the New York Times account of the acquisition is this surprising sentence.

“I don’t think he wanted to leave a personal paper trail,” Mr. García said, calling his father a “phone person” who wrote few family letters.

Even an introvert, a proponent of quiet and slowness, is aware of and concerned for the footprint and the digital footprint he leaves. It's strange to think that a renowned writer would be so careful to cover his.