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J.K. Rowling on What Matters

Writing on her Web site after reading a magazine featuring photographs of a thin woman who was ''either seriously ill or suffering from an eating disorder,'' Ms. Rowling expressed concern that her daughters, Jessica, 12, and Mackenzie, 1, might become overly conscious about their weight, Agence France-Presse reported. ''I don't want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones,'' she said. ''I'd rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, funny -- a thousand things, before 'thin.' ''

LAWRENCE VAN GELDER. "Arts, Briefly; J. K. Rowling Speaks Out." The New York Times (Friday, April 7, 2006): B5.

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