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The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 246 pp. Paperback $14.95. A my Rowland’s f irst novel is based on her four years as a transcriptionist in a lone room on the 13th floor of The New York Times. It took some time before she was motivated to write it. “I wasn’t able to write it for a long time,” she says. “My time ticked by, and I was aware that I was witnessing the end of something at an immediate level, the end of a department (the transcription room closed in 2007, a few years after she left) and at a larger level, the decline of newspapers and the turbulent transition to a web-based news world.” The book will be chocolate cake for anyone who has worked in a newsroom, but just as fascinating to readers who haven’t. This is a novel, mind you ~ not the Times or the Star Democrat. It is set in a fictional cosmopolitan newspaper. The Record is fiction, with no attempt to indicate it’s the Times, the author makes clear. Even in the Star-Dem’s glor y

days, we never had the need for a desk that collected reporters’ stories on tape, directly from all over the world ~ political, economic, medicine, crime and obituaries ~ every day. We had a rattling AP teletype in the Star-Dem newsroom to collect news from places as distant as Crapo and Hurlock (just kidding),

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