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Archives for December 2007

>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Alerted by an anonymous commenter, I see that the Catholic News Service has withdrawn its review of The Golden Compass.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.

>You can’t run a library without Tomie dePaola

>as I told the Boston Globe.

>A different movie

>Claire is going to be reviewing The Golden Compass for you all, so let me skip my opinions on that for the moment to recommend what we saw as the first half of our Saturday night double-feature: Enchanted. Pretty hilarious if insidious, too, wrapping a Disney-princess-power theme in so many layers of parody and sincerity […]

>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 […]

>Susan Cooper speaks

>WGBH has posted audio and video versions of Susan Cooper’s Cambridge Forum lecture on fantasy.

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 […]

Roger Sutton interviews Philip Pullman | December 2007

Roger Sutton: I have to confess I have never met a writer who felt truly happy with any film adaptation of their work. How about it? Philip Pullman: Well, yes. To be truly happy with it you have to be the director as well as the scriptwriter and the star and the composer and the producer and […]

>December Web Watching

>Zoe’s been at it again. Update: and Claire kicks off a new occasional series of booklists about world religions with one on Islam.

2007 holiday gift books

This list accompanies the podcast by Terri Schmitz, owner of The Children’s Bookshop, Brookline, MA Picture Books Edwardo: The Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World written and illustrated by John Burningham (Knopf). Grade level: K–3. On Angel Wings written by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Candlewick). Grade level: 2–6. Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to […]