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June 2, 2003

Salam Pax is real. War reporter Peter Maass belatedly realizes he employed “Pax” as a translator while in Iraq last month. Fascinating.

Peter Maass is also real. I met him last year, at a party organized by Nick Denton.

(Nick Denton, on the other hand, is a solar myth.) [10:28 PM]

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Comments on Salam Pax is real.:

Avram ::: (view all by) ::: June 02, 2003, 11:37 PM:

Yeah, but is Patrick Nielsen Hayden real?

David Bilek ::: (view all by) ::: June 02, 2003, 11:41 PM:

I am completely unsurprised that when Peter Maas first meets Pax, Salam is sitting in a hotel lobby reading Dick's _The Man in the High Castle_. That just fits, somehow.

-David

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: June 02, 2003, 11:47 PM:

Indeed, in the better nation in whose early days we currently work, the museum diorama "Peter Maass Comes Across Salam Pax Sitting In a Baghdad Hotel Lobby Reading The Man In the High Castle" will be one of the most popular exhibits in the National Museum.

Along with, of course, "Bill O'Reilly Is Pursued Through the Streets By Wild Dogs." But that would be violating the Time Patrol Code.

Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: June 03, 2003, 12:42 AM:

Thumbs up to Salam for being real. The PKD reference just made it for me.

The Wild Dogs persuit diorama is overrated. The looping video of the tux-clad elephant sitting on Cheney during the 2004 GOP convention . . . now that's entertainment!

Steven H Silver ::: (view all by) ::: June 03, 2003, 09:24 AM:

Had just read Peter Maass's article and clicked over to see if Patrick had heard about it yet, especially given the PKD reference. I wasn't disappointed.

David Bilek ::: (view all by) ::: June 03, 2003, 03:45 PM:

I'm sure most of you already know, but just in case: Salam Pax will be writing a bi-weekly column for The Guardian. The first instance should appear in, oh, 12 hours or so.

Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: June 03, 2003, 04:57 PM:

I've met Patrick.

Patrick has met Peter Maass

Peter Maass has met Salam Pax

Small world, isn't it.

David Moles ::: (view all by) ::: June 04, 2003, 10:30 AM:

I thought Walter Jon Williams’ City on Fire was the ultimate SF book for postwar Iraq, but Mr. Pax obviously is more clever than I am. Man in the High Castle! Brilliant.

I’d also like to call attention to Mr. Maass’ clever new use for the word “weaponized” — worthy of Gibson or Sterling.