Since I contain multitudes… is entirely possible for me to view the whole Harry Potter business with a certain benign affection, even while agreeing with A.S. Byatt’s “rather negative assessment of the books”: (though perhaps I’m biased by the fact that she “recognizes the skill in Terry Pratchett’s work”:,,836250,00.html).

But mild affection would never move me to public declarations (well, aside from this), so I can only assume that “Stephen King and John Irving feel something more than this”: What a world we live in.

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Michael Alan Dorman

Yogi, brigand, programmer, thief, musician, Republican, cook. I leave it to you figure out which ones are accurate.