Media Diet: Stacy Horn

Echo’s founder and digital author


| January-February 1996



Stacy Horn is the founder and president of Echo, a thriving electronic salon of over 4,000 professional and amateur artists, filmmakers, writers, and other participants. Unlike many communal spaces on the Internet, it is nearly 40 percent female. Echo features permanent forums hosted by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ms. magazine, The Village Voice, and High Times magazine. Horn teaches a course at New York University entitled “Virtual Culture” and is the author of The Electronic Mask (Warner Books), a book about the nature of identity in cyberspace. We asked about her media diet.

What magazines do you read? 

People. And The New Yorker, but only their People-style articles, like the recent one about Lewis Carroll, and the one about finding the remains of the Romanovs. This is the direction I am going as I get older: I only want biography. However, I did just read an issue of something called DoubleTake, which I really liked. It features wonderful photography, and most magazines don’t let people write such long and heartfelt articles. 

What books have you enjoyed recently? 

I read a lot of fiction. Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson (I read everything she’s written again and again), Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories by Joseph Mitchell, anything by Raymond Carver. I saw the movie Shadowlands, about C.S. Lewis, in which there was a great quote that went something like “We read to know that we are not alone,” which is definitely true for me. That’s also what I like about the online world: I prefer activities that remind me that I am not alone. 

What CD-ROMs do you use?