"I think I was lucky to come of age in a place and time - the American South in the 1960s and '70s - when the machine hadn't completely taken over life. The natural world was still the world, and machines - TV, telephone, cars - were still more or less ancillary, and computers were unheard of in everyday life."
"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing."Ben Fountain on Emo Philips
"Computers are like Old Testament gods lots of rules and no mercy."Ben Fountain on Joseph Campbell
"I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image."Ben Fountain on Stephen Hawking
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."Ben Fountain on Pablo Picasso
"I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user."Ben Fountain on Bill Gates