Wed 22 Mar 2000
How to measure writers' reputations? By critical citations? No, try the rare book market.
A childhood friend of J.K. Rowling's, named Ian Potter, suspects that he was the inspiration for Harry Potter.
Tue 21 Mar 2000
Time Magazine puts Stephen King on the cover, for the success of his e-book Riding the Bullet. Time's website has several do-it-yourself guides about how to promote your work on the web, including this one on writing.
Wired for April has a long doomsayer essay by Bill Joy, cofounder of Sun Microsystems, about the dangers of the 21st century: specifically, mankind controlled by robots. The piece has already attracted reaction from Edward Rothstein in Saturday's New York Times [link no longer available], John Markoff in Sunday's New York Times (Dr. Frankenstein, Please Call Your Office), and Robert Wright in Slate (Could Robots Take Over the World?).
Meanwhile, Slate columnist Mickey Kraus has a striking observation about Robert Wright's Nonzero: it not only echoes Marxism, it subsumes it.
The debut of The Journal of Mundane Behavior, which analyzes the significance of the ordinary, is getting some attention.
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