As speculation swirled about the identity of the author of Primary Colors, a fictional account of the Clintons' 1992 campaign, contributor Walter Shapiro last week conducted an online interview with the writer. Excerpts:

Anonymous: This is Anonymous and this is weird ... I'm afraid I'm only going to be able to be slightly more forthcoming than O.J. the other night.

Shapiro: O.K. Why are you anonymous?

A: It's a long story. I started off wanting to be pseudonymous, but Harold Evans [the publisher] decided to go all the way. My first reaction was: gimmicky. But I've really grown to love it...

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