It's the kind of thing I wouldn't want to bail out on, even if I could.
So there's only one thing to do about Brecht: the minute the Kushner translation is available in book form, I'll get a bunch of copies and host a stage reading in my living room, with booze and sock puppets for everyone.
Oh, and the buried lead?
You may remember how the pitch sessions went well at Writer's Weekend, and a Much-Vaunted Agent requested a 100-page partial ms (the usual sample length people ask for is 30 pages).
Her assistant just emailed me to ask for a short bio and a synopsis of the whole novel. I'm really glad the revisions to the Big Book are done. If she likes the synopsis and bio enough to request the full ms, it's ready to go.