Monday, April 25, 2005

The Submarine

Paul Graham has just published a new essay, called "The Submarine", where he talks about how the mainstream press and public relations companies interact, and how publicity works in practice. Before I started work on eSTAR I'd had little or no contact with the machinery behind the news stories you see every day, but after a couple of years dealing with the press, even at the very minimal level we do, you pretty much have to agree with him...

Hackers & Painters: Essays on the Art of Programming
by Paul Graham, ISBN 0596006624, 225 pages, £11.16

Eric S. Raymond, author of The Cathedral and the Bazaar, writes in the foreword to Hackers & Painters: "Paul's writing is, as you'll soon learn from the rest of this book, wonderfully lucid stuff. Reading Paul's essays is like having a conversation with a genius who doesn't need to score any points by proving it to you, except that most geniuses aren't as articulate as he is. You get to share Paul's sense that the Universe is a fascinating place, and his knack for looking at it from an unusual angle."