Who Dies?

Sure, you all hope it will not be one of your favorite characters:

“Yes, sorry,” Rowling said, when asked yesterday on her Web site whether there would be casualties in her upcoming book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
But, I suspect that Professor Bainbridge has this one correct:
Personally, I suspect that Dumbledore’s days are numbered. Rowling has hewed pretty closely to Joseph Campbell’s Hero Myth thus far in the Harry Potter series.
The Professor has more.

Books to Read

If you have been looking for a few good books to read Jessa Crispin’s list is the place to go:

These were all books that changed the books I was interested in, that shot me off in a different direction. They’re not even my list of favorite books ever, just the ones that changed something. The list starts with the books read to me as a child, and then on to the books I started reading on my own and on through life.
Hey, I’m not recommending this list just because it’s the first list of this sort that I have seen that includes Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita which is one of my favorites. There’s a lot of good material here including some that just got added to my to read list.
For those that care here are just a few from my list of direction changing books that are not on hers:
Adam Bede by George Eliot
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass

Home Learning ’60s-80s

Many of you probably learned a bit from the How and Why Wonder Book series:

These were produced in the US during the 1960’s and covered many subjects in science, technology, nature and history. They were large format books of 270x205mm, mostly softcover, but hardcover was also available. They are always 48 pages long, and mostly illustrated with simple painted artwork, though some photographs are used. The books are structured into chapters based on sub-topics of the title subject, and within these are questions that a child might ask, followed by a half page answer to the question.
Rob Storey has collected most of the covers.
Via Reflections in d minor.