Thursday, March 26, 2009

J. K. Rowling

Rowling had literary reasons for her triumph—these were pretty good books—but she had social reasons, as well. Europe and America still have a hunger for the shared topic of conversation that is the main benefit of a middlebrow literary culture. --Joseph Bottum, Children’s Books, Lost and Found, First Things, December 2008

There, in the Tamga village, [Pam] Shy learned something she found amazing. The Kyrgyz children loved reading about the adventures of Harry Potter. But they had to read in turns, in small doses and always in the library. They couldn't check it out because the library had only one Harry Potter book for the entire village. --Geeta Sharma-Jensen, Harry Potter books head to Kyrgyzstan with love, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, posted February 28, 2009

Iranian TV Presents: Harry Potter and the Ziono-Hollywoodist Conspiracy, translated by MEMRI TV, at YouTube (via Mark Krikorian at The Corner)

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