THE WEB'S ANONYMOUS

One can understand why the author of Walter Miller's Home Page wishes to remain anonymous. Take the embarrassing case of the terminally ill fan in the Midwest who laughed himself to death last month. The man's last gasp, supposedly, was, "Here's the part that kills me... " (The E-mail I got looks believable.) Then there's the preservation of privacy. Already, waltermiller@prodigy.com gets dozens of E-mail messages a day, many of them mash notes mixed in with offers of help from social-service workers--all directed, I should point out, at a fictional character. Finally, a lot of his business associates in the...

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