MEET MISTER WIZARD

WITH HIS JURASSIC PARK SEQUEL ROARING INTO STORES, MICHAEL CRICHTON GETS SET FOR ANOTHER MONSTER HIT

People with something to sell and a little cash for promotion sometimes engage a publicist to put out a flattering word. Such a paper is called a press release. Journalists consider it a breach of legitimacy to publish such a document verbatim; in most cases, the hyperbole would invite derision. A few days ago, however, a press release went around from Alfred A. Knopf, Michael Crichton's publisher, announcing the imminent release of 2 million copies of his new novel, The Lost World, the sequel to his 1990 blockbuster Jurassic Park. The remarkable thing is that if not for its length, this...

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