Tools of the Trade

October 22, 1995|By Taylor Branch

In 1982, when I began "Parting the Waters," I first started working on a computer - a Kaypro, it's no longer made. It was the first portable but weighed about 40 pounds. I put my research directly into it and wrote on it too and carried it around to libraries to do my research.

Now I have an IBM clone. My books take so long and I use the same computer for one book that by the time I have finished I'm way out of date. My clone is a 286 with Word Perfect version 5.1. I put my notes and bibliography on a data base program, dBase IV, and my manuscript goes on Word.

Taylor Branch, author of "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963"

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