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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Memories: Stump the Wizard

 

There is a couple who are our friends who own and run an independent bookstore. The bookstore specializes in about ten categories, including among other things: art, Judaica, local authors and information, and children’s literature. It is a fairly eclectic mix. Besides the books, the store is decorated with old tin wind-up toys, Day of the Dead figures, African masks, and other eclectic bric-a-brac. The store is about as normal as its owners. Not to be unkind, but the male owner is just a bit flighty. He knows his stock well. They have been in business as an independent bookstore for decades, despite the rise and fall of such behemoths as Borders and the rise of Amazon. So, the man must be doing something right. But Mr. Bookstore Owner is also an artist. He has had a band. He’s a very interesting character and creative, but not always the most focused.

Back in the early 2000’s when the Harry Potter books were coming out, the book release parties became a very big deal. Bookstores were contractually obligated not to release the books until a specific date and time. In the summer of 2003, the fifth book in the series was to come out, and starting a few months before the event Mr. Bookstore Owner was looking for ways to juice up their book release party. They had treats and refreshments planned, but they were looking for something more. We somehow came to an agreement to do a joint production of a limited run miniature sixteen-page booklet about the size of an eighth sheet of paper. I would create the text, imagery, and file, and his people would print, cut, staple, and number them (limited edition, remember?), as well as putting on a bit of extra decoration to make the booklets more interesting. All that we had at that point was the first four books in the Harry Potter series. In that fourth book, two other schools of wizardry were introduced: Beauxbatons and Durmstrang. It is mentioned that at Durmstrang, they not only teach Defense against the Dark Arts, but they actually teach their students the dark arts. I used that as inspiration for the little booklet, “Durmstrang Institute’s Manual of the Dark Arts.”

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Before I gave up fiction because it kept me up late, I was reading through the Harry Potters. I remember in particular one evening, just a typical night of lying on the couch with my thick Rowling volume while the rest of the household slumbered, promising myself I would retire soon for a good night’s […]

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We all need a break from politics. Some do it with cute kitten pics, others with links. While doing some research, I stumbled across this funny post on another web site: http://community.sparknotes.com/2018/08/06/every-harry-potter-book-summed-up-in-a-single-sentence/slide/1 More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Sacred Texts of Harry Potter

 

I’ve been a big fan of the Harry Potter books. I don’t care whether or not they were great literature and don’t think they promoted witchcraft. They were just plain fun to read.

But I was deeply concerned when I learned of two graduates of Harvard Divinity School, Casper ter Kuile and Vanessa Zoltan, who started a podcast called “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text,” have a “weekly church-like service for the secular focused on a Potter text’s meaning.” Last summer they became the number two podcast in America on iTunes.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Bill Nye, Harry Potter, and Why Millennials Can’t Think

 

Millennials can’t think. They get their science from Bill Nye. Their only form of literary reference is the Harry Potter franchise. Read another book, please! Bill Nye was fun in the 90’s to get the basics about science – law of gravity, simple machines, energy transfer. I think the place that Bill Nye holds in the culture today is due to the nostalgia of millennials.

I’ve seen a number of the episodes of Nye’s original series, Bill Nye the Science Guy. I remember watching the show in grade-school and junior high. His shows and topics covered in each episode were quite superficial; they served as an entertaining introduction to whatever new topic we were beginning to learn about. There was no depth there. He was an entertaining figure when I was in fifth, sixth, and seventh grade; now he’s just a dolt. Fellow millennials (and you gen-xers) please stop holding up this bad actor as a “scientist.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Strange America of Fantastic Beasts

 

My father once brought home a CD of Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue. He saw it in the bargain rack, and knowing how much my mother likes the piece, leapt at the chance to surprise her with it. The thing is, it was in the bargain rack for a reason. Produced by some low-budget Eastern European orchestra, the recording was comically Slavic. Gershwin’s 1924 paean to New York didn’t sound American at all. The foreign accent was just too thick.

Replicating the American character in art is actually quite difficult. Leonard Bernstein, in his televised series of Young People’s Concerts, devoted an entire episode to American music and identifying the components of the unique American sound. Foreign actors, too, struggle to speak in an American voice; not every Brit can sound as authentically Yank as Hugh Laurie. And spaghetti westerns can often be more spaghetti than western.

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It was my wife who introduced me to the Harry Potter series of books. At first, I expressed disinterest: I had too often seen the middling to sub-standard fare which pop culture promotes – and there was an abundance of hype over Harry Potter. Finally, one Christmas, my wife bought me the then complete set […]

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I am a total Harry Potter freak. I have all the books and all the movies, and I re-read and re-watch often. In 2014, I dressed up as Professor Sprout for Halloween. They are now releasing all the books in special illustrated editions, and I want to acquire the whole set. However, I have decided […]

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Just because I don’t have a nursing school paper to write this week nor an exam to study for next week, I am taking a little Ricochet time to channel the late, great Kennedy Smith and share this little gem of a video: More

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When I cannot sleep, I take it as a sign. The below is the result.  Most people think that they talk to G-d. But when people say that G-d talks back to them, we instinctively recoil. As Hermione Granger puts it: “Even in the wizarding world, hearing voices isn’t a good sign.” More

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My parents I spent three nights collectively building the Lego pirate ship back when I was a little scamp, because they were good parents. But, during the day, they had jobs. And friends. And lives. I certainly respect the skill and dedication, but only an upper-middle/upper class white mom with means and excesses in both money […]

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In addition to the every-four-year Soccer World Cup going on, the Quidditch World Cup is also taking place this year, on the plains of Patagonia. If you are a member (it’s free to sign up, and lots of fun to do), you can follow the matches on the Pottermore Insider blog site, with Daily Prophet […]

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