Saturday, October 03, 2009


At the Guardian, Philip Pullman on the last man who knew everything:
how the human vocal organs worked, the fact that giants probably didn't exist but dragons probably did, how to make a magic lantern, what the Potala palace in Lhasa looked like, and the habits and appearance of the celebrated juvenile Tartar demon and murderer, Phut.
The book he's reviewing sounds wonderful.