Why I Am a Utilitarian...
Why Oh Why Are We Ruled by These Liars?

Airlifting Harry Potter Copies in by Chopper...

The kids are back from their summer camp, which was featured in this morning's New York Times as Andrew Townsend and company grapple with the Harry Potter crisis:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/14/books/14camp.html?pagewanted=print Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Summer Camper By EDWARD WYATT: The boys and girls at the Kennolyn Camps in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California will get a most unusual wake-up call on Saturday. Roused from their beds at 6:30 a.m., more than an hour earlier than usual, they will be marched to a campfire meeting, served hot chocolate from a bubbling cauldron and read the first chapter of the new Harry Potter novel by counselors dressed as characters from that popular series.

Few of the campers - or their counselors, 18-to-25-year-olds who have spent the last seven years following Harry Potter's adventures - are likely to complain, said Andrew Townsend, the camps' director.

"We haven't announced it to the kids yet, but we announced the plans to the staff last week, and I was surprised at how excited they were," he said. "We figured it would be one of those great camp memories, listening to Harry Potter in the redwoods as the sun rises."

Around the country, many camps that over the years have dealt with every imaginable contingency are facing a first-time event this week: how to please campers eager to dive into the latest Harry Potter. In this case it is "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth novel in the series by the British author J. K. Rowling, to be released around the world early Saturday just after midnight.

While all five of the earlier novels were published in summer or early fall, most arrived either before the traditional summer camp season or at a time when the frenzy surrounding a Harry Potter debut was more subdued. As a result, many camps are having to make special plans to deal with the book's arrival...