Dr. C. Scott Ananian (cananian) wrote,
Dr. C. Scott Ananian

Harry Potter and John Ashcroft (together again!)

It's been far too long since I updated this weblog. I just finished reading book 4 of the Harry Potter series (Goblet of Fire) and I have to say that I'm impressed. With each book Rowling is biting off larger stories and more impressive themes. Book 4 is frighteningly current-day-relevant: the uprising of the Dark Lord Voldemort (and the over-reactions by even the "good guys" in the face of the threat) are ripped from headlines --- only one of which I'll leave you with at the moment. There's biological warfare, terrorism, the Klan, slavery issues: Rowling's taken on a whole slew of real-world issues. If only the Right Thing were as easy to determine in the real world as it sometimes seems to be in her books! I can't help but feel that all the Potter-banning bruhaha is seriously misguided: children do, truely, have a lot to learn from these books. Adults, too. John Ashcroft, for one, should take the history of Rowling's Barry Crouch to heart.

  • Diebold Whines Again

    It's fair to say I'm not a big fan of Diebold -- even before they sent me a cease-and-desist letter over my small part in exposing some of their…

  • Election Update

    Some quick links: a list of some of the major irregularities reported in the 2004 election along with a discussion and partial debunking (it's…

  • Disgusted.

    Where would Red Sox fans be if the team had acknowledged the statistical improbability of going on to win the next 8 games in a row---and conceded?…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded