by Gord Hotchkiss
As I write this, I have literally just closed the cover on John Battelle's new book, The Search. Reading it was a unique experience for me. It was addictive, like literary crack. I devoured it in huge gulps. I can't recall the last time I read a book in such a short time.
Look, They're Writing About Us!
For the last 10 years, the part of my life not devoted to my wife and kids has been consumed with search. So reading the book was like reading a family history. I knew many of the people quoted. I had lived through the history recounted. I even found a quote from myself in the book.
I've never met John Battelle, but as I read, it was like he had crawled into my brain, picked up things I've been thinking about for years, then rendered them whole with much more skill and eloquence than I could ever possibly manage.