Stephen King On Saying Goodbye to Harry Potter

11 07 2007

. . .Think how it must be for all the kids who were 8 when Harry debuted in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with its cartoon jacket and modest (500 copies) first edition. Those kids are now 18, and when they close the final book, they will be in some measure closing the book on their own childhoods — magic summers spent in the porch swing, or reading under the covers at camp with flashlights in hand, or listening to Jim Dale’s recordings on long drives to see Grandma in Cincinnati or Uncle Bob in Wichita. My advice to families containing Harry Potter readers: Stock up on the Kleenex. You’re gonna need it.

It’s all made worse by one unavoidable fact: It’s not just Harry. It’s time to say goodbye to the whole cast. . .

Although the only thing we can be sure of is that Deathly Hallows won’t end in a 10-second blackout. . . it’s going to boil down to something that many will feel and few will come right out and state: No ending can be right, because it shouldn’t be over at all. The magic is not supposed to go away.

Power of Story.

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Young Wikipedians Reshaping Notion of Truth?

11 07 2007

July 1, 2007
New York Times Magazine
By JONATHAN DEE

” . . .Wikipedia may not exactly be a font of truth, but it does go against
the current of what has happened to the notion of truth. The easy global
dissemination of, well, everything has generated a D.I.Y. culture of
proud subjectivity. . . the Wikipedians, most of them born in the
information age, have tasked themselves with weeding that subjectivity
not just out of one another’s discourse but also out of their own.

They may not be able to do any actual reporting from their bedrooms or
dorm rooms or hotel rooms, but they can police bias, and they do it with
a passion that’s no less impressive for its occasional excess of piety.

Who taught them this? It’s a mystery, but they are teaching it to one
another.”

Ahem. And apparently doing it without School.