Mass Media Consumption Day
What have I been doing all day? Was it "finish reading the things on which you'll be lecturing on Monday"?
Was it "offering editorial suggestions for the thesis of the Bachelor C---- P---- of Elkins, AR, as you agreed to do yesterday?
NO! (well, mostly—there was a bit of a lag in the morning before I could off, so I did read most of the rest of it. . .)
Was it "running to the post office to pick up your package from Canada, which contained your copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which you then, on receiving, drove straight home, opened, and read through from 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM?"
That's right, friends, I'm now up-to-date on the latest bits of Harry Potterdom. I've learned all about his last adventures, and have come to several conclusions:
This book beats Half-Blood Prince, and while it's true that a dead mackerel coated in polystyrine could have done that, it's also true that
J. K. Rowling has become a better writer over the past 17 years.
This was a much better book: she's got a stronger sense of pacing, for one, and for another, the fact that SPOILER most of it takes place outside of Hogworts frees her up to explore much of the rest of the world. Frankly, that castle was becoming a bit of an annoyance, and it's good she's gotten away from it. END SPOILER.
That said, I'm looking forward to seeing what her post-Potter literary career is like.
I'm also looking forward to some Monty Python's Flying Circus, and probably MST3K's riffing on Ring of Terror.
I'll do the school stuff tomorrow.