Today’s top item in Book News: Ginny Weasley, the freckly, flame-haired girl who later marries Harry Potter, grows up to be a sports journalist, according to new writing from J.K. Rowling on the website Pottermore. (Login required.) The stories are Ginny’s dispatches from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup for the magical newspaper The Daily Prophet. “Not a single Quaffle thrown, not a single Snitch caught, but the 427th Quidditch World Cup is already mired in controversy,” she writes. “Magizoologists have congregated in the desert to contain the mayhem and Healers have attended more than 300 crowd members suffering from shock, broken bones and bites.”
Also today, Ian McEwan on having dinner with Salman Rushdie during the fatwa, and James Salter remembers Peter Matthiessen. Read more here.
Ginny was my favorite.
Never Forget April 16, 2007, a set on Flickr.I took these photos in the hours and days following April 16, 2007.
When you are out there in the world, and you meet someone and you tell them that you go to Virginia Tech, and they say, “Oh, isn’t that the school where….” - you interrupt them right there and say, “Yes, it is the school where we have some of the best academic programs and professors in the United States.” That’s what you tell the. You tell them, “Yes, it’s the school where students are passionate about serving their country and supporting each other.” You tell them, “Yes, it is the school where we produce graduates who are leaders in their industries, pillars of their community, who vary their Hokie pride with them every day for the rest of their lives.” You say, “Yes, that is the school I attend. That is Virginia Tech” - Michelle Obama
And yes, the First Lady really did say this. Fact checked.
I’m really enjoying these covers. Miche Braden can really belt out a tune!
Who knew a 7-foot sad clown could cover Lorde’s Royals like this…
The Ultimate Warrior (James Hellwig), one of professional wrestling’s biggest superstars, has died at 54, just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame before Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans. (Jonathan Bachman/AP; The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Man, this is so sad. The Ultimate Warrior was one of my all-time favorite characters in the old WWF. And the funny thing is, I was just going through a bunch of old YouTube videos of him from back in the day because one of the battle rope exercises I do is called “The Ultimate Warrior,” and it reminded me of how awesome he was in the ring (as an entertainer, I know it’s all fake, so relax).
Rest in peace Mr. Hellwig!