(5) Tue Feb 22 2005 07:40 PST Nontrivial Tests For Being Trapped In A Cultural Artifact #2:
Product placement. If you live in a modern consumer society, yet lead a Soviet-like existence in which there's effectively only one brand of soda, one type of car, etc, you're probably in a movie or TV show.
(3) Tue Feb 22 2005 13:50 PST Iain Pears:
I read An Instance of the Fingerpost, which everyone seems to love, and thought it was incredibly boring. Then I read The Dream of Scipio and thought it was really good. Conclusion: I like reading multiple, mutually analagous stories better than I like reading the same story told from multiple viewpoints.
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