September 24th, 2003

breaking bad

the wiki man

A wiki is a collaborative website that can be edited by any reader. Apparently it works, though I have never been involved in one.

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Neal Stephenson has set up a wiki to annotate his new novel quicksilver.
I gather Neal S is rather a libertarian, and I suppose the wiki idea is at the nice end of libertarianism. Or, putting it another way, the practical end of anarchism.

I adored snow crash and the diamond age, but I couldn't finish cryptonomicon. I can imagine this project suffering from the same flaws, that sort of dense obsessive cramming of detail that clever boys get into. The edge that Pynchon fell off after gravity's rainbow.