Blog to the Future!

Ok. first blog. of many? we'll see. so i am completely addicted to Harry Potter at the moment. i read the first book a year or two ago, but since the hype about book six started up, i decided to work my way through the series. well, i thought it might give me a summer's worth of reading, when in fact i have read books 2, 3, 4, and 5 in just under 3 weeks. this is not bragging. it is a testament to how utterly engrossing the series is. J.K. Rowling weaves such a good yarn that she occupies an interesting spot in the literary pantheon. these stories fall under the category that i call "Literary Crack." Other notable entries in this catalog include Dan Brown, J.R.R. Tolkien, Philip Pullman, and David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest." Once you pop, you can't stop. although, after i finish the 6th Harry Potter, i have been informed that i will have to wait 2 years(!) before the 7th and final installment. what to do?! there was a news article today about Harry Potter camps that children can attend. maybe i'll become a counselor, just to fill the void in my life. the article said they actually play Quidditch, but after the first year, they gave up trying to include brooms in the game. sad. speaking of news, the washington post today reported that police have begun random(?) bag searches on NYC subways. this bothers me a lot. today i apply for an ACLU card. the article quoted most people as unfazed and/or minorly inconvenienced. i just don't see what this will solve. the assinine assumption that those who perpetrate these heinous crimes are somehow dimwitted is dangerous. if someone wants to explode a device on a bus, plane, train, car, bicycle, whatever, there is nothing we can really do to prevent them. every security system has cracks, especially mass transit systems. and these cracks will always be discovered and exploited. i would rather we examine the bomber's raison d'etre, rather than dismissing it as "they hate freedom." exploring the root of these causes, i believe, would make the world safer. "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding." -Albert Einstein

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