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so few want to be rebels anymore

The Books are Burning… What Are You Going to Do About It?

I have been an avid devourer of books since I was a child. My hunger to read new material got so awful that I would read the phone book. Not the numbers so much, but the information that the book held. I truly believe there is only one literary work that should be considered the greatest literary work of all time. It is called “Fahrenheit 451.”  Written in the early fifties, the story is set in a dystopian future. Firefighters don’t put fires out; they create them to burn books. The protagonist of the novel, Guy Montag, is one such…

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French edition of Antigone

There is tragedy in life and death: Antigone vs. Jonas

Life and death are very important themes throughout Jean Anouilh’s “Antigone.” It is made very clear from the very beginning what sort of character Antigone will be. “C’est la petite maigre qui est assise la-bas, et qui ne dit rien. Elle regarde droit devant elle. Elle pense.” Even if you were not aware of the original Sophocles play and either read or saw the play, you would automatically think negatively. To be alone and to be thinking quietly is a sin. You have ulterior motives if you do. True, Antigone did have ulterior motives, but she did them because she…

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gary oldman as sirius black

Sirius, We Hardly Knew Thee

Dear Mr. Sirius Black, This is it, I guess. Farewell, goodbye, adieu. I'm ready to let you go now. I saw you fall behind the veil at the Department of Mysteries in Order of the Phoenix. I swear. Minor tears squeaked out from the corners of my eyes as I saw you fall. You were so close and yet so far away. I wanted to leap into the pages and rescue you myself. I couldn't believe Jo would do that to me (okay, everyone who read that passage and were outraged at your death). It was exciting and earth-shattering to…

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Why Do All the Good Girls Want the Bad Boys?

In 2004, I was contacted to assist in the promotion of - as well as providing content for - HPWizardry.com (now defunct). This was one of the articles I submitted for it. Jo Rowling answered a question about a valid obsession sweeping this world she created with some very sound advice at the most recent Edinburgh Book Festival. Go for the right man rather than the nasty ones. It took me 35 years to find that out.J.K. Rowling So why do the female - and not so female - fans of Harry Potter constantly find themselves drawn to the boys…

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