Darren Franich
August 03, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Some Remarks

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Neal Stephenson
publisher
William Morrow
genre
Essays

We gave it a B-

This slim collection Some Remarks is a good entry into the relentless mind of the autodidactic writer (Snow Crash), covering everything from the rise of China to a defense of Zack Snyder’s 300, plus padding like a Salon interview with the author. It’s almost worth buying just for ”Mother Earth Mother Board” (first published in Wired), a novella-length look at global fiber-optic cable installation. I say ”almost” because like much of the writing collected here, ”Mother Earth” is readily available online. B-

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