>Can I buy an umlaut?

>I love it when my second-favorite magazine meets the interests of my first: “The young miller is naive, vulnerable and over-enthusiastic, with a poetic imagination, but not psychotic! As to the cycle’s ending, his death in the brook makes me think of the Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials. Pullman imagines death as a dispersal […]

>This sounds like fun

>My old friend Brian Alderson and Books for Keeps editor Rosemary Stones are going to be conducting a five day course about Philip Pullman in France this June. If that is not enough, listen to this from the course brochure: “Le Verger is a beautifully renovated complex of farm buildings in a small village in […]

>Philip Gets His Groove Back

>After his unusual demureness in face of the star-making machinery, I’m pleased to see Philip Pullman recovering his characteristic pugnacity to defend his dark materials from the interference of the interfering Faithful: “Religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel […]

>But enough about you. Or me.

>As we did late last year, Child_Lit has been discussing the U.K.’s age-banding proposal with some ferocity the past few days. While I am firmly in the camp of those who oppose the scheme, a speech Philip Pullman gave on the subject is working my nerves. It’s very much a speech to the choir (which […]

>Take that.

>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 Like the as-yet-unpublished “Lexicon,” Elements contains all manner of facts collated from the object work; unlike that project, […]

>And I promise not to withdraw it.

>Claire’s review of The Golden Compass is here.

>Second thoughts?

>Alerted by an anonymous commenter, I see that the Catholic News Service has withdrawn its review of The Golden Compass. Without comment. Maybe the Magisterium is at work.

>But enough about you

>This idea of the internet as a solipsistic wonderland–oh wow! You’re reading my blog!–really gained ground this weekend with two of our leading internet magazines–Salon and Slate–each using the premier of The Golden Compass as a springboard for people to talk about themselves while pretending to do otherwise. I have a lot of respect for […]

>Compass points

>Kitty’s put together a Philip Pullman page in anticipation of The Golden Compass opening this weekend; she’s included links to both Monica Edinger and Bill Donohue, who must be stamping his little feet over The Catholic News Service’s benevolent review. And we apologize for the kind of rough audio, but my podcast interview with Pullman […]

>Excuse My Dust

>A Horn Book interview with Philip Pullman is forthcoming on our website later this week; Philip and I spent a few minutes on Friday discussing the upcoming Golden Compass movie and the peculiar Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, whose job I totally want: the man makes more than 300,000 smackers a year interviewing himself […]