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A Naked Singularity

  • Au­thor: Ser­gio de la Pa­va
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    But here it is any­way:

    Ser­­gio de la Pa­­va is Neal Stephen­­son with law and bul­l­shit in­­stead of com­put­ers and sword­s.
    —Rober­­to Al­si­­na

    But there are al­­so swords in A Naked Sin­gu­lar­i­­ty!
    —Le­vi Stahl

    A while ago I fin­ished read­­ing "A naked sin­gu­lar­i­­ty" by Ser­­gio de la Pa­­va.

    If you have not read it, stop read­­ing this now, take a week off and read it first. You may love me for telling you that, or you may hate me with the in­­ten­si­­ty of a thou­sand sun­s, but I doubt you will find it in you to say "me­h" af­ter you do.

    I will try not to go in­­­to plot de­­tail­s, even though it's per­haps im­­pos­si­ble to spoil this book. If I told you how it end­s, it would not make any dif­fer­­ence. If I told you about the chim­p, or about the Ca­­sio Carousel, it may not mat­ter. Or maybe it was a mon­key, and the Carousel is done by Sony. Which it is, in the book. By Sony, not a mon­key. I think.

    Re­mem­ber that kid in school that could tell the best jokes, and he did those fun­ny voic­es? De la Pa­­va writes in fun­ny voic­es. And he breaks your heart with fun­ny voic­es. His book does­n't me­an­der, it goes straight and quick, de­ter­mined and in a hur­ry right out to the mid­­dle of nowhere, then keeps go­ing, goes of­froad, keeps go­ing, runs through a few wal­l­s, and comes back here, by just go­ing and go­ing. It has a mo­­tor, it has a rock­­et en­gine, it nev­er blinks.

    This book is os­­ten­si­bly about a lawyer stray­ing his path. It's prob­a­bly writ­ten about some­thing else. I have this strange feel­ing that most char­ac­ters are imag­i­­nary, even though they talk and feel very re­al to me, who am writ­ing this and thus am sup­­posed to be more re­al than they are. It's hal­lu­­ci­­na­­to­ry grit­­ty re­al­is­m. It's po­et­ic and tech­ni­­cal. It's bul­l­shit as an art for­m.

    Which is, re­al­­ly, what at­­trac­t­ed me to it. The di­alog, the mono­­logues, are to reg­u­lar bul­l­shit like fine din­n­ers are to hot dogs. Ser­­gio de la Pa­­va may be the finest bul­l­shit-­­giv­er in this blue plan­et of ours (take it from one dab­bler in the art), and we are all lucky to have him writ­ing.

    And yes, it has swords in it.