Neal Stephenson's latest book, Quicksilver, is out. My friend James told me about this review on Slate.com which is quite complimentary. I got through Cryptonomicon's 900+ pages without any lasting damage, so I think I can handle this latest tome. James also tells me that Mr. Stephenson will be appearing at a Manhattan Barnes & Noble in October to sign copies of the book. Date and time, please? You know I'm there. And I never go to book signings.