Tuesday, February 7, 2012
So I'm really getting into pleasure reading. After spending all day coding or doing biophysics problem sets, it's nice to escape into the world of ideas. And wow, Snow Crash is some serious escapism. First things first: when I finished it last night, I read the acknowledgments and one of the first people mentioned for his contributions was Dr. Steve Horst, a professor of philosophy at Wesleyan University. Go Wes! Second, you just can't describe this book. I tried to tell a friend about it the other day, and I ended up blabbering on about the dystopian privatized franchise-lands of the future, and how teenagers got around on super-skateboards, and how viruses were being spread in virtual reality, and there are nuclear weapons, and...listen, this just doesn't do it justice. Let me just say this: the main character's name is Hiro Protagonist, and he fights with samurai swords. Just read it and you'll understand. As for me, I'm glad it's done so I can finally get some sleep again instead of staying up reading until wee hours of the morning.