"Ms. Rowling, I think, speaks to an adult generation that hasn't known, and doesn't care about, mystery. They are inhabitants of urban jungles, not of the real wild. They don't have the skills to tell ersatz magic from the real thing, for as children they daily invested the ersatz with what imagination they had."
Via Metafilter, an NYT op-ed about adults and Harry Potter, from novelist A.S. Byatt. Also from Mefi, a WSJ article about Bob Dylan, Love and Theft and Confessions of a Yakuza. And here's an article about sampling that I like.