Archive for July 14th, 2005

…is made by former CetT contributor Regina Doman in this Open Book posting .

If I may quote my own comment on one of several Open Book threads on this topic:

I’m willing to admit, if only for the sake of argument, that there’s
a legitimate abstract argument against the Potter books. And I have a
lot of respect for Michael O’Brien [another CetT contributor and a strong critic of the Harry Potter books]. But I just can’t see that these
books pose a serious danger.

This is subjective, and obviously I could be fooling myself, but I
think I have a reasonably good nose for the scent of sulfur and
brimstone, and I just don’t sense it in the Potter books. I can think
right off of two popular series that give off a far, far worse
spiritual odor: Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea books and Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series….

Regina justifies, lucidly and in detail, my opinion. Go read, if the topic interests you.

UPDATE: for those who have cable TV, the Paula Zahn show tonight (Friday July 15) is titled, rather unpromisingly, "Pope vs. Potter". I wouldn’t suggest anyone bother watching it except that, according to Amy at Open Book, Michael O’Brien is going to be on. 8pm Eastern time, repeat at 2am Eastern.

By the way, I should say for the record that I don’t consider the Harry Potter books to be great literature, although they’re enjoyable. Having tried my hand at writing a fantasy novel myself, I have a lot of respect for anyone who can tell a good story.

Maclin Horton

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The Supreme Court vacancy finally gave me the motivation I needed to get this old essay of mine, Nothing at the Center, online. It’s about the metaphysical hole in the American scheme. That link is to my web site (it’s way too long for a blog post). I’ll also be putting it in the CeT archive in the next day or two, but I’m out of lunch hour.

Maclin Horton

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