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Author E.L. Doctorow smiles during an interview in his office at New York University. Doctorow's latest book, "Andrew's Brain," takes on the ongoing debates about science vs. literature and humans vs. machines.

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E.L. Doctorow and the life of the mind

NEW YORK — E.L. Doctorow has different ways of telling a story. He sometimes writes because he’s asked to — perhaps a commencement address for Brandeis University, a review for The New York Times of a Harriet Beecher Stowe biography or reflections on the U.S. Constitution, as requested by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

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