K. has taken the Eustace Diamonds down from the shelf (again!), and the parts read aloud are as amusing as ever. I'm trying to reduce the stack of periodicals that's been building while so much has been distracting us. The LRB review of a life of Vidocq is entertaining in and of itself. Catching up with the Statesman, the Economist, and the Manchester Guardian shows that the rest of the world knew what was going on in Haiti even though there wasn't much coverage here before the crisis. For some reason, "pages" were usually "leaves" in our house, and a paper-knife was used to deal with uncut leaves, not uncut pages. In Spanish, "hoja" comes more readily to mind than "pagina." Surviving paper-knives are now used to open envelopes, one would guess.