I have to put the issue of Black Clock aside for a couple days. I was sent a copy of this odd little book called Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno to review. At this point, I'd call it a High Fidelity for young adults/teens, meaning it's a psuedo-romantic, self-relflective book for h.s. boys. Not bad. A lot of good humor, and great punk rock references. As a twist, the main character's in love with a heavy set girl, and he's all mixed up about it. Feeling he shouldn't be in love with her, but yet he still is.
If you have some time, Here's a link to a long but worthwhile interview with Neal Stephenson. He answers questions about writing, the first amendment and who would win in a fight between him and William Gibson.