Neil Gaiman: On Escapism: Rebloggable by request.
Quick question, do you think that writing/reading fantasy books can be a form of escapism for people who generally feel bad about their lives or bad about themselves in general?
“I don’t, although that would be pretty cool.
I think they’re even better than that.
I think that pretty much every form of fiction (I’d include fantasy, obviously) can actually be a real escape from places where you feel bad, and from bad places. It can be a safe place you go, like going on holiday, and it can be somewhere that, while you’ve escaped, actually teaches you things you need to know when you go back, that gives you knowledge and armour and tools to change the bad place you were in.
So no, they’re not escapist. They’re escape.”
St Jerome In His Study, by Messina and Dürer, respectively.
A different drawing every day
Gorgeous sketches and paintings!
The big takeaway from this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine article? McMurtry is now the most famous Welsh Corgi in America.
At least in the early going, celebrity hasn’t changed the typically easy-going pup.
"I still put my pants on one leg at a time," he said, when reached for a comment earlier this morning. “That’s a joke!" he added. “I don’t wear pants."
With that he resumed chewing on his favorite squeak toy, a long fuzzy green tube that looks vaguely like the Jolly Green Giant’s bloated phallus.
Advertisers and show business professionals looking to use McMurtry’s uniquely noble profile are advised to contact his professional representatives with Hotchkiss & Associates.
What I love best about this article are the people in the comments who have realised that actually Joe Hill is just a puppet pen-name for his dad who, frustrated by the failure of previous pen-name Richard Bachman, is secretly writing everything Joe writes. INCLUDING THIS TUMBLR.
I know. I shouldn’t read the comments. Nobody should ever read the comments. But don’t those people know that by posting the truth openly like that, they risk a visit from “Joe” and “Owen” and “McMurtry”? A very final visit…
Lovely article about family and writing and moving through life in general.
Ocean At The End Of The Lane (Deluxe Signed Edition) - Neil Gaiman - Illustrated by Dave McKean
I wish I could draw pails like that.
And that dedication page is absolutely gorgeous.
Oh yea, I love the book too