Solve a Puzzle on Each Page to Read This Wooden Book: Today in Critical Linking

Critical Linking is sponsored today by Hachette Books, publishers of I’m Your Biggest Fan by Kate Coyne.


Even though the wooden book only has five pages, you’ll need to solve a complex mechanical puzzle on each one before you can turn to the next.

Pretty amazing. Like something Nicholas Flamel would keep the Sorceror’s Stone in.


Neal, who lives in Seattle, was nice enough to meet up so we could talk about his work—and he patiently helped make this virtual-reality film of our conversation. It’s the first of a series of VR movies I’ll be releasing on TGN. (Read the rest of my review below the video.)

Bill Gates and Neal Stephenson talk sci-fi in a VR video conversation. Ok, future.

Leading the rebels is Libreria Books in London’s East End, which is a Wi-Fi- and coffee-free zone. It was opened in February by Rohan Silva, a former policy adviser to the former prime minister David Cameron, and co-founder of Second Home, a members’ club providing a work space for entrepreneurs.

I can understand not providing wi-fi. But no coffee? As a moral stance?