Claus Sorenson: feast of writing

"With hundreds of people at their keyboards, collaboration on a work of literature could perhaps be compressed into a day. Claus Sorenson, a developer of Linux computer software, thought that the community of Linux users would help him do just that. He invited all-comers to a feast of writing on March 21st 1999, declaring that 'By making a whole book, from idea to ready-to-publish, in just 24 hours, we will show the world how powerful the internet can be.' No book emerged."

[Ironically, a chat-room devoted to Linux aficionados generated over 20,000 words of speculation on what such a book would be like. "Writing good prose is like being pregnant," one contributor pointed out, "and you can't make a baby in a month by getting nine women pregnant."]

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