Snape & Sensibility & Sci-Fi: Remembering Alan Rickman

My blog is becoming an obituary column. Just days after saying goodbye to David Bowie,  today we face another beloved British performer's sudden departure: Alan Rickman.  Few actors can glide between genres--classics, science fiction, fantasy, and more--and bring such an unmistakable presence to every one. I'm still too shocked to attempt writing a proper tribute, so instead I... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Wednesday: Banned Books

“Ban a book? How can someone control what I read?” I demanded. It was the mid-1990s and our local librarians had asked my mother, a trusted patron with an educator’s objective eye, to evaluate a young adult novel another parent was lobbying to ban. For me, books were like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and in almost unlimited supply. I... Continue Reading →

A Perfect Excuse to Re-Read “Harry Potter” (as if anyone needs one)

Prepare to squeal, fellow Potterheads: publishers just released new images from the upcoming illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I haven’t seen Potter art this captivating since the demise of art dungeon.net (I practically wallpapered my college dorm with Marta's beautiful fan art). As someone who still misses the anticipation and joy of the original series,... Continue Reading →

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