* My most recent "History of the Genre" segment (this one is about Edgar Allan Poe's often overlooked "gift that keeps on giving," with recipients from Jules Verne to John Carpenter) is available in the latest episode of the StarShipSofa Science Fiction Audio Magazine podcast, "Aural Delights No. 54." You can download it here, listen to it streaming here, or get it via iTunes under "StarShipSofa." A list of my other podcast commentaries, interviews, and unabridged dramatic readings is available here with links. To those of you listening, many thanks indeed!
* I highly recommend reading a terrific new article by Melanie McDonagh: "J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard Shows Why We All Need Fairy Tales." (Thanks to The Hogwarts Professor.) As you may guess, I have great sympathy for McDonagh's position.
And speaking of The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, here's a quote for the day:
"Mrs. Bloxam's tale has met the same response from generations of wizarding children: uncontrollable retching, followed by an immediate demand to have the book taken from them and mashed into pulp."
- from Professor Dumbledore's Notes to "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot"