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November 30, 2004

AL Is the New Bobby Fischer

The latest post to Evan Schaeffer's blog points to this question: has the Anonymous Lawyer become a folk hero? Evan claims that he and the AL have been in contact about a book deal. True, I'm given to think. In fact, Evan turned his blog into a post-for-book-deal icon.

But really, can I take that seriously? AL is so popular, and cynical and recondite, that anybody claiming to be him or to be in contact with him has a mountain of post-90s cynicism to clamber atop. The AL himself has shoveled a few more heaps onto that mountain. His identity has everyone guessing--even Evan Schaeffer himself. Saying you're working with AL is like saying that you're playing online chess with Bobby Fischer, or working with 2Pac on his comeback record. It may be true, but it's an Andy Kaufman-esque joke as well.

I am Superman. I am the walrus. I am Elvis. I am the anonymous lawyer.

Funny, funny stuff, online identity is.

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