Let us sing the praises —

What if J.K. Rowling would have written the books from the perspective of Hermione?

So, before she goes away for good, let us sing the praises of Hermione. A generation could not have asked for a better role model. Looking back over the series -- from Hermione Granger and the Philosopher's Stone through to Hermione Granger and the Deathly Hallows -- the startling thing about it is how original it is. It's what inspires your respect for Rowling: She could only have written the Hermione Granger by refusing to take the easy way out.

For starters, she gave us a female lead. As difficult as it is to imagine, Rowling was pressured to revise her initial drafts to make the lead wizard male. "More universal," they said. "Nobody's going to follow a female character for 4,000 pages," they said. "Girls don't buy books," they said, "and boys won't buy books about them." But Rowling proved them wrong. She was even asked to hide her own gender, and to publish her books under a pen name, so that children wouldn't run screaming at the thought of reading something by a lady. But Joanne Rowling never bowed to the forces of crass commercialism. She will forever be "Joanne Rowling," and the Hermione Granger series will always be Hermione's show.

Read/more: by Sady Doyle (via kottke)

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"Harry Potter" ....... 95,600,000
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"Daniel Radcliffe" ... 39,700,000
"Emma Watson" ........ 19,600,000


Photos: Dina Oganova

Car Theft for Kids

For kids ages 8–14 with an adult
Offered Wednesday, July 20 – 1-3 pm
Thursday, July 21 – 1-3 pm and 4-6 pm
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Info: here

Join us for a hands-on workshop for parents, children and teens where participants will learn to break into a car, hotwire it, and escape from its trunk.

For most kids (and adults), modern cars are simply these gleaming, aggressive-faced jellybeans that house air-conditioning units and MP3 players while they idle in traffic. But underneath their shiny surface lurks all manner of exciting machinery that needs some demystification. That’s where we come in. In this class, we’ll focus on a few key aspects of cars while learning a bit about the physics and mechanics behind how it all works. This is a hands-on workshop, with an actual car to break in and out of. Taught by car historian and inventor Jason Torchinsky, who has already successfully guided at least six children in Los Angeles towards future grand theft auto. Pre-registration required; call 612.375.5812.


via Matt Connors


FSC Spring/Summer 2011 Lookbook

Photographed by Tim Barber
Previously: LOLZ (FW 2010)

"Meeting Cy Twombly Changed My Life" —

As I was standing there, marking the many differences between an actual painting and a slide lecture, a tall, elderly man came out of a set of doors to my left, and joined me in looking. I looked at him briefly, and then the painting. And then back at him, because he was looking unexpectedly familiar.

"Excuse me, but are you Cy Twombly?" I asked.

"Yes," came the reply.

Read Meeting Cy Twombly Changed My Life by Greg Allen.