Our Revels Now Are Ended

Our Revels Now Are Ended

Our Revels Now Are Ended

Policy made plain.
Nov. 1 1998 3:30 AM

Our Revels Now Are Ended

Our Revels Now Are Ended

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This week brings the end of our experimental novel-by-e-mail, Reply All. For the past year, three authors in three cities--Washington, New York, and Los Angeles--have been e-mailing one another in the personae of three characters in their respective locations. Little did they know when they began--the characters or the authors--that they'd get tangled up with Monica, Ken, Linda, Lucianne, and the equally colorful goings-on of our real-life melodrama. If only the writers could bring that one to a conclusion as well.

The entire 44 chapter Reply All saga can be downloaded as a Microsoft Word or an Adobe Acrobat document. It's about 60 pages.

And now that it's over, we can reveal the identities of the authors: in Los Angeles, the screenwriter Erik Tarloff, whose novel about Washington, Face-Time, will be published in January by Crown; in New York, the novelist Francine Prose; and, in Washington ... well, he or she would lose his or her job, so we'd still better not say.

Our thanks to all six of them--authors, characters--for an entertaining year.

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