from the bbc news site : “Author Atwood invents ‘magic’ pen – Margaret Atwood is hoping to avoid writer’s cramp… Author Margaret Atwood has invented a remote-controlled pen which allows her to sign books for her fans from thousands of miles away. Autographs are signed on an electronic pad while Atwood chats to a fan via a video link. Seconds later two metal arms holding a pen reproduce the signature in the fan’s book. Atwood, 66, invented the LongPen after tiring of travelling round the world on book tours.”
i had actually scim-read this story previously but as it was in a gossipy column of a book-related magazine i foolishly thought it was sarcasm. definately one of the bizarrist things ive ever heard. i understand the urge to get autographs but for me it really has to have been ‘for’ me to have any real sentimental value. (i still have a few signed gig-tickets from my stage-door days) but do i want something that’s been signed electronically ‘thousands of miles away’? not really. some authors sign far too many books anyway, it starts to become completely pointless. like those autographed mail-outs that american soap stars (and gilderoy lockhart) used to do.