Friday, July 18, 2008

Great Post

In this interesting article, Martin Cothran of Memoria Press takes a look at the Harry Potter stories, the "dangers" of great literature, and the importance of not mistaking good literature for great literature. Here is a sampling:

"To a child who is not well-read, Harry Potter is dangerous—and so is any other book he or she may read. But the best defense against one idea is not fewer ideas, but more of them; and the best defense against one book is a whole host of them. Being widely read, in other words, is the best inoculation against the dangers of literature. Being widely read enables a person to not only see an idea, but, as Chesterton put it, to see through it.

Literature is dangerous—except when taken in large doses."


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