I'll get hold of that and prepare myself, and I do like the protoplasm idea.
Calvino wrote the amazing book "Invisible Cities", highly recommended. Also he wrote two of my favorite short books: Cosmocomics, and T-Zero. The english translations I have are very well done (from what I can tell from my VERY limited Italian).
Buildings, imaginary cities, protoplasm...whatever is handy!
Itching to see the concert on DVD. - Jeff