TERRY GROSS: So if [writing] is so hard, why do it?
PHILIP ROTH: Well, that’s a question I ask myself too. I’ve been doing it since 1955. So that’s 55 years. It’s hard to give up something you’ve been doing for 55 years, which has been at the center of your life, where you spend six, eight, sometimes ten hours a day. And I always have worked every day, and I’m kind of a maniac, you know. How could a maniac give up what he does? Tell me.
GROSS: Is that seven days a week, like Saturday and Sunday?
"Browsing should actually feel like flipping the pages of a magazine," said Bill Coughran, senior vice president of engineering at Google…. The Internet highways are particularly shoddy in the United States. In the first quarter, the average connection speed was 4.7 megabits per second, ranking 16th globally. South Korea led the list with rates more than twice that…. Ultimately, however, the goal of an instantaneous Internet requires changes that can’t occur inside of Google. It demands fatter pipes, improvements to the underlying network technology and better designed websites.