this sounds like a great reason to see THE GOLDEN COMPASS, (mentioned in the NYT):
William A. Donohue, the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, who also raised a fuss, not very successfully, over “The Da Vinci Code,” has already called for a boycott of “The Golden Compass,” which he described as a “stealth campaign” to introduce children to atheism. [emphasis mine] At the time of his complaint, he hadn’t actually seen the movie, but claimed he didn’t need to. The problem, as he sees it, is that the “film is bait for the books: unsuspecting parents who take their children to see the movie may feel impelled to buy the three books as a Christmas present.”
induces literacy, free-thinking, and atheism in children. all riiiiiiiight!
(only one flavor, extra snarky/supa cranky, today.)
ETA: more on the author after the jump.
i somehow bumbled into this very nice literary magazine out of england, which has a lengthy interview with the author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, philip pullman. now i’m really excited to read the books to the Unreliable Narrator–i love how pullman used to recite stories to his classes when he was still a schoolteacher. there’s nothing like the orality of literature (see walter ong and his Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word, reviewed here) to ensure that it has a spellbinding quality.
and here’s a sensible essay on how literature never quite means what anyone intends it to, which surprisingly, appeared in the non-reader’s newspaper, the LATimes.