— Jane Smiley, from her interview with Gary Wolf in the November 2010 issue of Wired.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist discusses the protagonist of her new book titled The Man Who Invented the Computer, a biography on John Vincent Atanasoff. The quotation above is a helpful reminder that curiosity and achievement is a joy in and of itself. To create something and be right (or maybe even fail?) is a reward that accumulates over time, even if it’s not measurable in external adulation.

(I would have linked to the article, but it’s not ready yet.)

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