82-year-old writer Günter Grass is famous for writing such works as The Tin Drum, a wildly imaginative novel depicting a dwarf confined in an insane asylum, and for revealing, after a life spent as a left-wing critic, that he had served in the Waffen-SS during World War II. Grass is somewhat less known as a foe of reading on computers. He takes on this new role in an interview with Der Spiegel.
After urging fellow writers to bar their works from the iPad until "a law protecting authors becomes effective," he broadens his attack to all digital reading:
Later on in the interview, Grass addresses the more serious question of his relationship with the Waffen-SS:
SPIEGEL: Can you think of any other mistakes you have made during your life?