How's life in La La land? Have you ever seen pictures of the massive set for the 1916 D.W. Griffith silent epic, Intolerance? It was used for the Babylon story in the film. The set was somewhere toward the eastern end of Sunset Boulevard. Is that somewhere near you and Gordon? Just finished reading NEXT. Have to agree that it wasn't his best. It had a pretty inane plot, actually, but I enjoyed it all the same. I'm going to give STATE OF FEAR a go, but I've heard that in it, Crichton expresses the belief that global warming is vastly exagerrated. Maybe he should see An Inconvenient Truth. I've been checking out and listening to different recordings of Handel's Messiah lately. I had never really listened to the whole thing before. The London Symphony Orchestra and chorus has to be the best I've heard, so far. Also getting hooked on Brahms's 2nd symphony in D major, for some reason. Much less dramatic than Beethoven's symphonies or those of the Romantics, but it's a stunning piece of work.