Critical Linking: September 22, 2015

Pottermore.com has today (Tuesday) launched its new website, as earlier revealed by The Bookseller.

The redesigned site has new writing by J K Rowling at its core, including a piece on the history of the wizarding Potter family from its illustrious beginnings in the 12th century. The new piece “sheds unexpected new light on the origins of the Potter family name, delves into Harry’s ancestry, explains how his grandfather quadrupled the family’s fortune and how the Invisibility Cloak became a family heirloom”. 

Pottermore, you’re looking nice!

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With that, we will be taking steps to sunset the existing Oyster service over the next several months. If you are an Oyster reader you will receive an email personally regarding your account in the next few weeks.

Man, such a bummer. Best of luck to the Oyster crew!

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And I think that we’re in another moment where historically, periodically issues of race and the kind of panorama in which we live becomes more clear and comes into focus. But we also historically have a great habit of allowing these moments to dissipate; for the landscape to become murky; for the conversation to slip away.

Junot Diaz on race and reading.

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