June 30, 2004
More on the Voynich Manuscript as a new analysis "suggests that it contains nothing but gibberish".
Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 30, 2004 08:35 AM
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The only thing that surprises me is that Neal Stephenson didn't manage to work to Voynich Manuscript into Quicksilver at some point...
Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 3, 2004 10:02 AM
Agreed. And I'm halfway through The Confusion, and it's not there either. But the final book could hold it. Then again, he's pretty focused on certain personalities; it's not like he does the Vinland Map either, so he's obviously being selective about what medieval nonsense he chooses to play on; there's more than you might think - and it's obviously NOT the Eco/Pynchon/Illuminati stuff he chooses to follow - except in a very oblique, strictly historical way. Then again Quicksilver was remarkable for how much of the truly important action was completely offstage... Or put in another way, he takes Pynchon's Slothrop and re-examines his Picaresque origins, via Jack Shaftoe, in a very knowing, non-explicit way.
Spoon, I wish you were Kiboesque at this moment for the benefit of your comment. Kibo, I'll gladly accept yours, though I'll still hold out hope for Spoon's. Meantime: Boris, Gray Album, "it's all 'good'".
Posted by: JT at July 31, 2004 11:22 PM