techno-gimmick--"The Machine of Understanding Other People"--allows
the hero of this novel to dip into the minds of a random assortment of unique
souls, taking us along for a voyeur's fun, as we inhabit the consciousnesses of
beings ranging from a typical adolescent to some visiting ETs.
May 18: Parade, the "first modern ballet," premiered in Paris on this day in 1917. The production was a collaboration of some of modernism's most famous -- music by Erik Satie, scenario by Jean Cocteau, costumes by Picasso,…