December 20, 2013


Did you miss NYPL’s event with Neil Gaiman and Molly Oldfield on Sunday? If so, we have a treat for you! The audio recording is now available here, on the Library’s website, and iTunes U! Listen as Molly shares the story of her book The Secret Museum and the fascinating world of unique and rare items at museums and libraries around the globe, including NYPL’s collection of Dickens material from the Berg Collection of English and American Literature, followed by Neil’s dramatic reading of the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol - using Dickens’ own edits for his readings of the novel 150 years ago. 

Yet another reason to love the NYPL

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November 20, 2013

silkkevlar said: Your knowledge of folklore is encyclopedic and almost intimidating at times. You find stuff I've never heard of before and that sometimes takes years for me to track down the original myth. Do you happen to have (or maybe will make *begs*) a list of recommended reading for folklore and myth, especially for those of us who have a defined interest in knowing more than just the folktales that are pop culture darlings?


Here’s a very incomplete bibliography for AMERICAN GODS which has some of that stuff in it.

November 15, 2013
Neil Gaiman: duendecillita: Call for Papers: Essays on Neil GaimanEdited by Tara...


Call for Papers: Essays on Neil Gaiman

Edited by Tara Prescott (UCLA)

Nearly 25 years ago, Neil Gaiman launched the first issue of what was going to become the most innovative and beloved of comics: The Sandman. Today, fans are rejoicing at Gaiman’s highly-anticipated…


November 10, 2013

microfin said: My father claims the line "violence was the last refuge of the incompetent" (from Neverwhere) belongs to Isaac Asimov. Was the reference intentional?


Absolutely. It’s a very famous Asimov quote (the “and empty threats the last sanctuary of the terminally inept” is mine). There a few hat tips to SF authors in Neverwhere, although my most favourite is the “The sky was the perfect untroubled blue of a television screen tuned to an empty channel”, which is a partial quote and also a commentary on the opening lines of William Gibson’s Neuromancer.

How very 18th century of Mr. Gaiman. Love it!

April 29, 2012
"This is magnicifent … and it’s true! It never happened, yet it is still true! What magic art is this?"

Puck, in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

This was the first sentence of my “Artist’s Manifesto” I had to do for Drama School. My advisor worried it was too pretentious, then found out it was from a comic and said it was too lowbrow. That was before I handed him the draft where I quoted Greg Rucka’s Gotham Central

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