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Monday, July 16, 2007
Washington Post book review editor Ron Charles is incensed that Potter fans don't move on to Jonathan Strange (as to which I have no opinion yet) and to Pullman's His Dark Materials series. Why, the latter "explores philosophical themes (including a scathing assault on organized religion)"!

WHOA! A scathing assault on organized religion! How, um, novel! What besides obstinate illiteracy could possibly keep people from going for that?

And this in an essay in which he calls Potter "derivative." I'll retire to Bedlam.

(Mr. Charles's critique of the public's retreat from fiction-reading for pleasure is unexceptionable as far as it goes, but it's been said a million times, and is therefore, to put it mildly, derivative.)