I know, it's a pipe dream. But Anathem has a lot to teach us about rhetoric. Often the observations of the rationalist "monastery" about the outside world, and the stereotypes that the outside world applies to those who are dedicated to reason, are recapitulated virtually word-for-word on these boards. By the way, I'm in the first quarter of the book. The very rational protagonist has just has an insight as to the similarity between two supposedly antithetical interpretations of their founder's vision. In one, it's said that he saw a particular arrangement in the daytime sky - sun shining through a slit in the clouds - that made him understand that all the geometric forms he used in stonecarving were rough approximations of (basically) a platonic form. The other interpretation of his vision was that he saw the gods themselves should be worshipped, not the idols that represent them. Seems he's sort of Plato and Abraham in one character, and his two daughters interpreted him different ways. So the stage seems set (at this point in my reading) for him to bridge what appears to be a divide between the religious and rationalist worlds. Some good politics there, if ya ask me. If nothing else, I love his coining of the word "deolator," the word the rationalists use for people chasing after gods at the expense of reason - the English echo, of course, is "idolator." Anybody read this? Anybody intrigued?