Wikipedia Obsession

“The Charms of Wikipedia” in The New York Review of Books is a totally fascinating article in which author Nicholson Baker*gives us story after story of Wikipedia history as well as those of his own obssessive Wikipedia behavior.

After bovine hormones, I tinkered a little with the plot summary of the article on Sleepless in Seattle, while watching the movie. A little later I made some adjustments to the intro in the article on hydraulic fluid—later still someone pleasingly improved my fixes. After dessert one night my wife and I looked up recipes for cobbler, and then I worked for a while on the cobbler article, though it still wasn’t right. I did a few things to the article on periodization. About this time I began standing with my computer open on the kitchen counter, staring at my growing watchlist, checking, peeking. I was, after about a week, well on my way to a first-stage Wikipedia dependency.

Highly recommended.

* Yes, that is his Wikipedia entry. I would assume, after reading the article, that he is monitoring it and editing it as needed.

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