Faster by James Gleick, 1999 - Little Brown, London.

Dear James Gleick,

I just finished reading your book 'Faster' and I think that it is very good. I am glad that I read it. I also own two (or three) other books by you but I have not read them yet, I started 'What Just Happened?' but then I got distracted by something and put it back on the shelf. Sorry.

I am writing to you, I think, just to thank you for writing 'Faster' and obviously putting so much work into it. It is so well written. I do not know what I was expecting from it, I imagined that it might be a bit more preachy with it's message but it is wonderfully subtle and calm. I am not a quick reader but this seemed to help because I felt the book slowly working it's way into my existing attitude about the speed of culture, which is basically the same as the book's but one hundred percent less articulate. It was instantly likeable, which is what kept me reading but I found that by dealing with it slowly I was able to appreciate the content and extent of your research so much better than if I had tried to read the book in a whole day or over a weekend, which I sometimes try to do.

It was interesting to read it five years after it was written. I am worried that in the next ten years your accelerated nineties will be seen as the slow start of the century in which we burn ourselves out. Though far from dated, 'Faster' refers to emerging technologies that are now in full swing and unlikely to slow down, even if they wanted to.

I do not think that I have ever encountered so many anecdotes. That was wonderful.

Adam Burton.

Thank you for your letter about Faster. I really appreciate your kind and thoughtful comments, and your taking the trouble to write. I'm especially glad you don't think it's dated, yet.


James Gleick

Thank you for replying. I will be sure to let you know as soon as it becomes dated.

Regards, Adam.

James Gleick -
Faster - official web site.