How Harry Potter changed the world

Twenty years ago, on June 26, 1997, a small children’s press in the UK took a chance on a work of children’s fiction by a debut author — an unknown single mom who’d first gotten the idea for her story while stuck on a train seven years earlier.

That author was J.K. Rowling. And her book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone — published in the US a year later as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — would go on to change the world.

Read article at Vox:  How Harry Potter changed the world – Vox

The Apprehension Engine: An Instrument Designed to Play the Music of Nightmares 

Movie composer Mark Korven wanted to craft the perfect sounds for horror movies, but the instruments he needed didn’t exist, and he was tired of using the same digital samples. To produce the original effects needed for evoking breathtaking moments of suspension, he teamed up with guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith to craft an original instrument that would better aid in manufacturing fear. The Apprehension Engine is that tool, a mechanism built with several bowed metal rulers, spring reverbs, a few long metal rods, and other attachments that allow for spooky interludes and effects.

Cool – but how do you head-bang to it? 🙂

Read full article at :  The Apprehension Engine: An Instrument Designed to Play the Music of Nightmares | Colossal

Chicago Remembers Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer 

Chicago’s front yards, pool halls, bungalows and back alleys were the poetic landscapes in Gwendolyn Brooks’ words. She wrote about the people she passed on the streets or in grocery stores, colloquial experiences like the elderly couples eating beans off chipped dinnerware. Through her poetry, Brooks offered a precise and compassionate look into life in the city’s South Side.

Read story at:  Chicago Remembers Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer | America Magazine

Marvel’s new television series ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ will premiere Friday, Sept. 29, on ABC

Well, this should be fun!!!

The legendary comic book series will be brought to life in a way that has never been done before, as a version of the first two episodes will be shown globally in IMAX theaters for a two-week period, beginning Sept. 1. ABC will then air the entirety of the series throughout this fall on the network, with additional exclusive content that can only been seen on ABC.

Read article at:  Marvel’s new television series ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ will premiere Friday, Sept. 29, on ABC

Disco-dancing security guards and Kano’s brass band: 10 highlights from Sunday at Glastonbury

While the clean-up crews descend upon what’s left of Worthy Farm, four of our Glastonbury correspondents have selected their highlights from the last day of the festival, from millennial nostalgia to security guards abandoning protocol to groove to Barry Gibb. Additionally, check out our highlights from Friday and Saturday at the festival.

Full article at: Disco-dancing security guards and Kano’s brass band: 10 highlights from Sunday at Glastonbury

Brooklyn Beckham holding art exhibition for Grenfell 

Brooklyn Beckham will donate all of the proceeds from his upcoming art exhibition to children affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

The son of David and Victoria Beckham, 18 – who released his debut photography book, What I See, last week – will launch a private viewing at Christie’s in London’s Mayfair on Tuesday, which will display 24 photographs from the book.

Full story at: Brooklyn Beckham holding art exhibition for Grenfell | Daily Mail Online