Posts by Katherine DM Clover

Harry Potter

Harry Potter, Teenage Champion of Secular Humanism

‘Harry Potter’ flew off its first bookshelf 20 years ago June 26. Here’s why I think the protagonist is a perfect example of humanism. Near the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, for those of us in the U.S.), Harry has to make a decision: to do what is right, or to do what is easy. It’s not a particularly extraordinary moment for a fantasy novel        …read more

starving artist

How to Create Space for Art without Being a Starving Artist

I was the classic starving artist, but I walked away from my childhood dream. That was just the beginning of my artistic journey. At the age of 19, I packed up all my belongings and left my sleepy Midwestern suburb for New York City and art school. Six months later I would find myself back home, broke and distraught, exhausted by both my choice of education and the city. However, I returned home with only        …read more

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough Will Make You Geek Out over Our Planet Earth

Join me in my nerdy obsession with Sir David Attenborough. To open the new Planet Earth II series for BBC One, Sir David Attenborough flew over the Alps in a hot air balloon. The footage is breathtaking. It is every bit the quality and beauty viewers have come to expect from the Planet Earth name. The mountains are mesmerizingly blue-white; the sky is somehow the same color and also completely different. And it features an elderly man, in        …read more