Neil Gaiman

In the publishing industry, Ursula K. Le Guin wants less profiteering, more freedom

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

While researching the piece I wrote about Ursula K. Le Guin’s writing advice earlier today, I found enough interesting material that I decided to make another post out of it rather than tacking on a one-paragraph by-the-way. In July, Portland Monthly Mag had an interesting editorial take on Le [...]

Ian McEwan comes out for Charlie Hebdo, against PEN copouts

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Celebrated British novelist Ian McEwan has given a magisterial commencement address at Dickinson College in support of the principle of free speech in general, of Charlie Hebdo in particular, and against those fellow writers who withdrew from the PEN America Center gala held to award its Freedom of [...]

Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, others take PEN seats to stand up for Charlie Hebdo

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

After the earlier withdrawal by six authors from a presentation hosted by PEN America of its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo, some new authors have stepped up to the plate – including Neil Gaiman and Art Spiegelman. The award itself will now be presented by [...]

Fabulously frightful freebies for the Festive Season

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Since the extremely talented Simon Strantzas has graced us with a very unsettling Christmas special, “Making Merry,” I thought that this was a good time to pick up on a couple of modern classics of free festive fear. Or Gratis Gibbering Ghoulishness. That’s modern, because free [...]

Daniel Handler pledges his pentinence after National Book Awards racist gaffe

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, turned what should have been a respectful, respectable, but otherwise fairly routine presentation ceremony for the National Book Awards into a social media tempest through a more-than-off-color inadvertent quip about watermelons and Jacqueline [...]

Neil Gaiman, Daniel Handler, give the gift of reading for the 2014 National Book Awards

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

What makes a great writer? How about the forbearance and humility to stand in Washington Square on a freezing morning and give away free books to a random crowd of the reading public? Because that’s what Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) did for the National Book [...]

Neil Gaiman talks for UK Arts Council

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

The newly launched Arts Council of England magazine Create, for all the issues around its basic premise, has garnered material from some very significant creative figures, Neil Gaiman being one of them. He took the opportunity, in the course of a long interview with Toby Litt in the magazine [...]

Russell Brand to give Reading Agency lecture

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The ever-more-serious UK comedian Russell Brand will deliver this year’s Reading Agency lecture, “‘a manifesto on reading” and the third lecture since the inception of the series in 2012, as well as the first one to be open to ticket-holding members of the public. “The [...]

More from Neil Gaiman on the Amazon/Hachette faceoff

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 4, 2014 // 3 Comments

Neil Gaiman’s views on the Amazon/Hachette spat seem to have evolved a little since Chris Meadows last reported on them in mid-June. According to an answer to a self-published author and fan recently posted on “the official Neil Gaiman Tumblr, but honestly no better than the unofficial [...]

Neil Gaiman ‘pissed at Amazon’ but not so sure about Hachette either

By Chris Meadows
June 16, 2014 // 4 Comments

Well, here’s another Salon Amazon hit piece, at least sort of. Salon chose to headline it, “Neil Gaiman: ‘I’m obviously pissed at Amazon’” but if you read the actual article, you find the quote was taken out of context. Gaiman feels that the anti-trust prosecution against the five major [...]

Neil Gaiman says scared is good

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Bulgarian writer and New Yorker by adoption Maria Popova picked up on a “semi-secret” evening event on the literature of terror held by Neil Gaiman at TED’s 30th anniversary event, TED 2014 in Vancouver – certainly secret enough to keep his name off the official speaker [...]

StoryBundle offers ‘Epic Fantasy Bundle’ with titles by Gaiman, Sanderson, Hickman, David, and more

By Chris Meadows
March 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

The other day, I mentioned the Humble Bundle’s plans to expand its e-book offerings. Today it turns out that the Humble Bundle’s closest competitor in the world of e-book bundles has just come out with another one itself. For the next three weeks, StoryBundle is offering its “Epic Fantasy” [...]

The vitriol of Twitter: How social media torpedoed Jonathan Ross hosting the Hugos

By Chris Meadows
March 4, 2014 // 12 Comments

Here’s an interesting article from The Nation about problems the feminist movement is having in discussions on Twitter. The fundamental problem is “intersectionality”: people in the feminist movement are other things besides “just” female—they’re rich or poor, they’re white or [...]

The Neil Gaiman Reading Agency lecture: "Reading for pleasure is one of the most important things one can do"

By libertyc
November 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

A thoughtful poster on alerted me to the recording and full transcript of the 25-minute lecture delivered by Neil Gaiman at the Barbican Centre in London as the Reading Agency’s second annual lecture. You can, and should, read or listen to the entire speech there. But I’m [...]

UK Reading Agency names ex-Elsevier Sue Wilkinson as new CEO

By libertyc
November 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

UK literacy and reading advocacy charity the Reading Agency has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive, Sue Wilkinson MBE, currently Director of UK Academic and Government Alliances at Elsevier, who will replace its founder director and current head Miranda McKearney OBE, who will [...]

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