First, you have to read the book "A Bargain for Frances" by Russell and Lillian Hoban, (available used from Amazon for as little as $.01). I had never read it until last month, when I was visiting Tractor and her parents. This book needs to be an opera: it has a better plot than "Othello" and just cries out for an operatic production. I know there are some really good writers out there, but can anyone in the blogosphere compose an opera? Fame and fortune are sure to follow.