Tag Archives: Mt. Stephenson

2011

I don’t know the last time I was so happy to see the backside of a year as it slugged its way out the door. 2011 was the worst year I’ve had in a long time–much worse than 2007, when … Continue reading

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Camp Confusion

“When a thing such as wax, or gold, or silver, turns liquid from heat, we say that it has fused,” Eliza said to her son, “and when such liquids run together and mix, we say they are con-fused.” “Papa says … Continue reading

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Camp Quicksilver

When I posted my discussion of Cryptonomicon, the comment I got from Ken was, “I can’t tell if you said too much or not enough.” Which was funny, because that was my feeling about the thing, too. I really struggled … Continue reading

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Basecamp Crypto

We are well underway in our attempt to scale Mt. Stephenson–i.e., read Neal Stephenson’s massive, approximately 3600-page Baroque Cycle in one long go. Strictly speaking, The Baroque Cycle is eight novels printed in three volumes: Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The … Continue reading

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Electronica

All the reading I’m getting done while commuting is actually listening; I’m getting back into the audiobook habit. It’s a lot more convenient to switch on the iPod and go, rather than lugging a book along, having to stop reading … Continue reading

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Limbering Up

We’re well into June, and that means the assault on Mt. Stephenson is underway— the Ascent Team has agreed to read Cryptonomicon in June, Quicksilver in July, The Confusion in August, and The System of the World in September. I’m … Continue reading

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