When I am halfway through this, and about a hundred pages into this and a few chapters into this, why would I want to go back and read The Diamond Age again last weekend?

Because it is so cool. It is (Uber, Meta and other punky adjectives that cool gets these days) cool.

By the way, Stephenson’s books will only get longer according to Wikipedia, which calls his style reflective of Baroque Literature. Scrumptious. After the slightly disappointing (keyword: slight), Baroque Cycle, wonder what he is working on next.