Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Sir Philip Pullman

They say the pen is mightier than the sword, so it is only proper that that today's knights should wield them! Much less one of the Fantasy genre's greatest, the author of the beloved His Dark Materials trilogy.

Congratulations to Sir Philip Pullman, whose Lyra teaches that children can be every bit as wise and loving as adults (and at times often more so).

"Lyra just came to me entire and complete, I didn’t consciously make her up with a list of attributes. But I had been a teacher for about 12 years working with children of her age and there were lots of Lyras - in every classroom in the country there is a Lyra or two. Or three. She’s a very ordinary child and that’s the point about her. If she’s unusual it’s in her capacity to feel affection, which she does very readily and very warmly." - Sir Philip Pullman

Granted that I have some concerns regarding the new knight and the path he is treading with The Book of Dust, but there are few British authors – and authors in general, for that matter – more deserving of this honor. Long live Sir Philip Pullman! Long live Lyra Belacqua/Silvertongueand her dæmon Pantalaimon (Pan)!! 

"If you want to write anything that works, you have to go with the grain of your talent, not against it. If your talent is inert and sullen in the face of business or politics...but takes fire at the thought of ghosts and vampires and witches and demons then feed the flames, feed the flames.” - Sir Philip Pullman

“Children are not less intelligent than adults; what they are is less informed.” - Sir Philip Pullman

“There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book. - Sir Philip Pullman

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