The Right Coast

July 17, 2005
Not liking Cryptonomicon over at Crooked Timber
By Tom Smith

I promise not to tell anybody. Me, I liked it quite a bit, when I read it several years ago. Maybe that makes me a nerd fellow traveller or something. I liked a lot of things about it, and didn't dislike really anything, except I thought it had one of the more bizarre sex scenes towards the end. Too, ah, quantitative. All the cryptography stuff was interesting, the attack on PC academics was gratifying, the adventure story was adventurous; what's not to like? It's very much a libertarian book. Its take that liberty at the end of the day is all about being able to keep secrets is almost deep.