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Friday, July 11, 2008

misc. stuff

Several people wrote from Brazil to point out that you can watch the whole half hour Globo interview (in English, with Portuguese subtitles) at,

http://video.globo.com/Videos/Player/Noticias/0,,GIM853222-7823-AS+FANTASIAS+DE+NEIL+GAIMAN,00.html

No question, just a comment. I saw the Jornal da Globo newscast and thought that you looked like the young, homeless lovechild of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Or maybe the facial hair just threw me off. It's like the extra hair that you cut off your head had to go somewhere. Sorry for heckling, but I promise it's affectionate in a strange, you-don't-even-know-me way.

Not a problem. But... homeless?

I wanted to let you know about a cosplay group that costumed as Sandman characters, and it looks pretty cool!

http://www.cosplay.com/shoot/117524/

Thanks,
Mel

I wouldn't normally post it, but you're right, it looks so cool...

...

Peter S. Beagle wrote a wonderful travel book called I See By My Outfit, back in about 1963.

Now, forty-something years on...

Red Eft Gallery presents.

I See By My Outfit - The Book, The Music, The Experience!

Special live music show for two nights only! On July 18th & 19th, PETER S.
BEAGLE and His Band of Merry Men ( aka PHIL SIGUNICK ) will be performing
together in public for the first time in 44 years. Doors open at 7 pm for
ticketed guests.

Peter's and Phil's last gig as a duo was all the way back in 1964, when they
opened for Tom Paxton at a club in Berkeley. Fans of Peter's classic travel
memoir, I See By My Outfit, will absolutely not want to miss this chance to
be there when Phil and Peter pick up their guitars and recapture the magic
that helped make their long-ago cross-country journey so extraordinary.
There are only 83 seats available for each night. Tickets are $20. If you
want to be there for this rare musical treat, make sure you get your
reservation in ASAP
http://www.conlanpress.com/beagle-concert.html for details...

there's an early review of The Graveyard Book at Rambles.net -- http://www.rambles.net/gaiman_grave08.html

a book about which Ms. Audrey Niffenegger said,
"It takes a graveyard to raise a child. The infant Bod (short for Nobody) escapes a grisly death and finds himself being raised by a graveyard full of lovely, irascible ghosts. Who knew dead people made such excellent parents? Bod has scads of adventures with ghouls and werewolves, but my favorite thing about this book was watching Bod grow up in his fine crumbly graveyard with his dead and living friends. The Graveyard Book is another surprising and terrific book from Neil Gaiman."

and Diana Wynne Jones said,
'This is, quite frankly, the best book Neil Gaiman has ever written. How he has managed to combine fascinating, friendly, frightening and fearsome in one fantasy I shall never know, but he has pulled it off magnificently - perfect for Halloween and any other time of the year.'
and Laurell K Hamilton said,
"The Graveyard Book is a fairy tale, peopled with ghosts, vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and witches. It's a world where being dead doesn't make you less of a person, and the living can be more dangerous than the dead. After finishing The Graveyard Book, I had only one thought -- I hope there's more. I want to see more of the adventures of Nobody Owens, and there is no higher praise for a book."
and that's really enough blurbs for today.

Did I post this Reuters story about the Paraty festival?

If you're at San Diego Comic Con this year, and you want a chance at getting one of the signed prints Todd did with Alan Moore and with me, there's details over at Todd's Blog.

Dear Neil,
When your children were very young, did you get much writing done?
Best, Tony.

Lots and lots and lots. But I had to become nocturnal to make it happen...

...

And I enjoyed this interview with Salman Rushdie in the Guardian.

Does he agree there should be discrimination against Muslims? "I don't think there should be discrimination against anyone. Nor do I think Martin was advocating that. The point is this: I don't have to agree with what you or anybody says to defend their right to say it. To have Martin articulating a public fear in this rather knockabout way was justified. If we don't say what we think or articulate what is being generally thought, then we are self-censoring, which is wimpish.

"I thought the attack on Martin in the Guardian by Ronan Bennett... was out of order. To say he is racist because of that is wrong. I may not like the things you believe and, by the way, the fact that you believe them makes me think less of you as a person. I may despise you personally for what you believe, but I should be able to say it. Everybody needs to get thicker skins. There is this culture of offence, as though offending someone is the worst thing anyone can do. Again, there is an assumption that our first duty is to be respectful. But what would a respectful cartoon look like? Really boring! You wouldn't publish it. The nature of the form is irreverence and disrespect."

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