Saturday, June 24, 2006

A Lion in the House

"A LION IN THE HOUSE follows the stories of five exceptional children and their families as they battle pediatric cancer. From the trauma of diagnosis to the physical toll of treatment, this series documents the stresses that can tear a family apart as well as the courage of children facing the possibility of death with honesty, dignity and humor. As the film compresses six years into one narrative, it puts viewers in the shoes of parents, physicians, nurses, siblings, grandparents and social workers who struggle to defeat an indiscriminate and predatory disease."

IMHO The best documentary of the year. Check it out on your local PBS station or order the DVD:

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


I've finished quicksilver. I'm starting The Confusion tonight.

Friday, June 16, 2006

The Baroque Cycle

(Quicksilver - Book Three - Odalisque, page 720)

WATERHOUSE: Here, m'lord, fresh from Cambridge, as promised, I give you Books I and II of Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton ...
APTHORP: My word, is that the cornerstone of a building, or a manuscript?
RAVENSCAR: Err! To judge by weight, it is the former.
APTHORP: Whatever it is, it is too long, too long!
WATERHOUSE: It explains the System of the World.
APTHORP: Some sharp editor needs to step in and take that wretch in hand!

Replace Principia Mathematica by "The Baroque Cycle" and imagine what the editor/publisher must have felt ("Do you realize what this will cost, for all the woodcuts?").