“Someone who has 500 friends, has no friends.”

An interview with the Nobel Prize winning author Günter Grass on Facebook, computers and the internet.

Writer Günter Grass on why he prefers remaining off line, working the old fashioned way: “Literature for example — you can’t speed it up, when you work with it. If you do, you do so at the expense of quality.” Grass also explains how direct experiences and direct contact cannot be replaced by virtual stuff, however appealing it may be.

Günter Wilhelm Grass (b.1927) is a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor, best known for his first novel The Tin Drum (1959). He is widely regarded as Germany’s most famous living writer. In 1999 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.