I’m happy to say that The Hog’s Head is now malware-free, nargle-free, and perfectly safe again for browsing and participating. Our sincerest apologies for the ongoing problems. But we are back, and all kinds of extra defensive spells have been applied to the place.
As you can see, things look a little different, too. This is a temporary placeholder while Aaron works his magic and creates a new design for The Hog’s Head (which should be here very soon).
I head to Nashville tomorrow for Hutchmoot, where every year I get to give talks and lead discussions about Story with people who are a lot smarter than I. This year, I’m doing a session with Sarah Clarkson and Andrew Peterson called “Never Too Old for Narnia: Why Grown-Ups Need Children’s Literature.” We will “explore and celebrate the realm of children’s fairy tales and fantasy, including works by Lewis, Tolkien, Goudge, and MacDonald, as well as discussing modern works by authors like J. K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman. They will look deeply into why the beauty and imaginative worlds of such stories stir and captivate readers of all ages.” That’s the description, anyway. Mostly, I’ll be trying not to sound infinitely dumber than Sarah and Andrew. My goal in the talk will be to focus on the wonder produced by “children’s” stories (Chesterton) and to use Gaiman and Rowling to delve into the darker elements of these tales. So I’m bringing some boggarts with me to Nashville.
Speaking of “darker elements,” while we don’t have an organized Hog’s Head Halloween like usual, due to the attack from dark wizards on the pub, we will pick that up and start posting Halloween-themed stuff for the rest of October. So welcome back!