>As the suit over publication of “The Harry Potter Lexicon” begins in New York, Laurie Frost’s The Elements of His Dark Materials: A Guide to Philip Pullman’s Trilogy (The Fell Press) has just come across my desk. Like the as-yet-unpublished “Lexicon,” Elements contains all manner of facts collated from the object work; unlike that project, […]
>The post about judging people–I mean, getting to know people–by the books they read on the subway and keep upon their shelves sent me back to the books-by-the-foot mavens, who this month are offering a special for would-be wizards.
>Interesting piece from The Guardian about the pending court case involving J. K. Rowling and the would-be publisher of a Harry Potter encyclopedia. What’s intriguing to me is that both sides seem to have given statements that support the opposition!
>Who needs old closet case Dumbledore when Claire has put together a first-class list of out-n-proud GLBTQ-and-sometimes-Y fiction? I’ve got an editorial in the upcoming Horn Book about the outing of Dumbledore, who in fact joins a long line of characters who coulda-woulda-shoulda be gay if the reader so inclines–like Shakespeare in Susan Cooper’s King […]
>Oops, wrong fantasy*. But in honor of the upcoming extravaganza with Susan Cooper and Gregory Maguire, Kitty and Claire have put online some of the Horn Book Magazine’s finest fantasy articles, including Susan Cooper on Tolkien and Tom’s Midnight Garden, Gregory Maguire on Philip Pullman, Philip Pullman on The Republic of Heaven, and several more […]
>I have a short piece about Harry Potter up on the New York Times site, and it has a small but glaring (to me, anyway) mistake. The passage that reads Nonreaders found in Rowling a benignly authoritarian guide: she told you what to look at and how to feel about what you saw. Those already […]
>I’m staggered by the readers’ comments, all four hundred-plus of them, attached to NYT public editor Clark Hoyt’s defense of Michiko Kakutani’s review of Harry Potter. I routinely skip reviews of things I want to “see for myself” first: did this not occur as a strategy to anyone? (I saw the epitome of this thinking […]