Mark Helprin's new book Digital Barbarism is shockingly bad; Larry Lessig explains why here.


  1. Helprin's _Winter's Tale_ is a beautiful book. If he had his way, my great-grandchildren would almost certainly have no chance of reading it. It's very unlikely to stay in print that long, and even if a publisher were interested in reprinting it 75 years from now, it wouldn't be worth the cost and trouble of tracking down his heirs and getting permission.

  2. Very good point, Michael. (And I agree about Winter's Tale, and think that A Soldier of the Great War is even better.)

  3. How about intellectual property primogeniture, in which all rights pass down in perpetuity to the eldest male heir, without subdivision of interests, etc? Problem solved!

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