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"Pleasure to me is wonder"

Happy birthday to metal_aria and cathexys! May you both have wonderful days and fantastic years to come.

A few items of interest:

* A Field Guide to Harry Potter by Colin Duriez is now available. I had the pleasure of reading and commenting on a draft of this book and writing an endorsement for its back cover. Duriez includes an insightful analysis of the life and times of J.K. Rowling, the themes and worldview of the books, the images of good and evil in the stories, and the series in its literary context. I think the book's dictionary of beings, places, things, and events in the Harry Potter universe, overview of the plots of the seven novels, and Harry Potter timeline will also be of interest to fans and students alike.

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* The Willows, a wonderful new magazine of classic-style Victorian weird tales in the tradition of Blackwood, Dunsany, Hodgson, Machen, and Lovecraft, now has an LJ community at willowsmagazine.

* I'm pleased to say that my school, Belmont University, will host the U.S. Town Hall Presidential Debate on October 7, 2008. I'm also pleased to say that, as a now "virtual professor," I won't have to worry about finding a parking place on campus that day. ;)

"Pleasure to me is wonder – the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty."
- H.P. Lovecraft, "The Defence Remains Open!" (1921)


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Nov. 29th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Rowling didn't give Duriez any trouble, did she? I hear she sued someone for trying to publish a compendium of some sort. Regardless, I wants it!

"I won't have to worry about finding a parking place on campus that day."

LOL! Indeed.
Dec. 1st, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
Good question! To my knowledge, he had no trouble at all. I think part of the problem with the proposed encyclopedia you mention was that it simply rehashed things she'd written in her books. She'd allowed all of that material to be put online for free previously, but having someone else selling her own information was a copyright problem (and it also stepped on the toes of her forthcoming encyclopedia). Duriez's book is much more analysis than simple restatement of facts. My understanding is that she's been very supportive of books that "add value" by analyzing her work from a variety of different angles.
Nov. 29th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!!

I thought I'd feel old, but I've been fearing this day for a year now, so I'm relieved it's finally here...plus way too busy with other stuff :D
Dec. 1st, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
Other important stuff! I do hope your day was wonderful, and completely non-fear-worthy. :)
Nov. 29th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
What a fantastic quote by Lovecraft. Ahead of his day, no? People like him never fail to amaze me. The ability he seemed to have of allowing himself to hold two opposing ideas and to see them acting on and through each other. That is very rare.
Dec. 1st, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
You said it. Ahead of his day, indeed. I adore his fiction, but his essays (like this one) often blow me away.
Nov. 30th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for the b-day wishes, I appreciate it. ;-)
Dec. 1st, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
I hope you had a wonderful day!
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