"He [Philip Roth] still remembers his excitement over [John Updike's] Roger's Version, published in 1986, a novel that took on the subject of computers before anyone was really writing about computers…"
Gee, I think I vaguely remember a novel about computers published a full two years before that, called… what was it again…oh, yeah, Neuromancer. Come on, guys, take a look outside your bubble once in a while.
I seem to be writing a lot about the New Yorker lately. That's because Doug got me a subscription when he noticed I kept flipping through other people's copies, looking for the cartoons. It's been interesting; the articles are mostly very good, and they're publishing stories other than the standard sad-man-has-adulterous-affair-but-still-f
On another topic, I found out where Margaret Atwood's word "pigoon" comes from. It's a combination of pig and balloon -- the pig is fat and round from growing human organs inside it. I still say it looks like "pigeon," and I say the hell with it.