Jennifer Schuessler on Dutch novelist Arnon Grunberg, who is writing his latest book with electrodes strapped to his head:
Mr. Grunberg, who estimated that he would take another five months to finish the book, said the sensors have interfered less with his creative process than he feared, but he did allow that the experiment itself might end up figuring in the book, which he said will address issues of privacy and cybersecurity.
And he admitted to sometimes staring up at the cameras after the technician had left, wondering if they were really off.
“I find myself having all these fantasies,” he said, “like that I was part of an experiment supposedly looking at my brain while I was writing, but the real point was something else entirely.”
This sounds like a Charlie Kaufman film waiting to happen (who, by the way, hasn’t written a film in five years).