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My cousin Helen, who is in her 90s now, was in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. She and a bunch of the girls in the ghetto had to do sewing each day. And if you were found with a book, it was an automatic death penalty. She had gotten hold of a copy of ‘Gone With the Wind’, and she would take three or four hours out of her sleeping time each night to read. And then, during the hour or so when they were sewing the next day, she would tell them all the story. These girls were risking certain death for a story. And when she told me that story herself, it actually made what I do feel more important. Because giving people stories is not a luxury. It’s actually one of the things that you live and die for.
 Neil Gaiman (via jaynestown)
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I told my 7 year old (who has several of your books) that you were going to be on The Simpsons next month. He had already seen you on Authur, and I had explained to him then that you were the man who wrote his Wolves in the Wall book. When he learned of your Simpsons appearance, he had just one question: "How can he write books we read in the real world if he's a cartoon?"

neil-gaiman:

I don’t. 

The cartoon me writes the books cartoon people read in the cartoon world, because they need things to read there too.

The real me writes books for him.

The glory of Buffy is it was filled with strong women. Only one of those strong women had supernatural strength and an awful lot of sharpened stakes. And people sort of go ‘Well yes, of course Buffy was a strong woman. She could kick her way through a door.’ And you go ‘No, well that’s not actually what makes her a strong woman! You’re missing the point.’
Neil Gaiman (X)

bottledspider:

Terry Pratchett: Not discussing Good Omens TV with in the . Nope. Not us.

Neil Gaiman: No we are not plotting anything. Why do you think we are plotting something?

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Is the War Doctor now considered as the canonical Ninth Doctor?

neil-gaiman:

I don’t really understand the question. I’m tempted to say something like, “No, the John Hurt War Doctor is just something that happened in THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR, THE NIGHT OF THE DOCTOR and THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR on television.”

If it happens on the TV, it’s canonical, unless it isn’t. (For example, no-one seems entirely sure whether we get to see pre-Hartnell regenerations during the mindbending battles of Brain of Morbius.)

We now know there was a regeneration between the Paul McGann Eighth Doctor and the Chris Ecclestone Ninth Doctor, one whom the Doctor himself has only just begun to regard as being The Doctor (as opposed to being something else).

If you mean, “Do we now all have to agree to renumber all the Doctors?”, I think the main purpose of numbering things is to communicate, and we all know who we mean when we say Doctors NIne, Ten or Eleven. If anyone corrects you and says “You mean TWELFTH!” when you say “Matt Smith was the eleventh Doctor” then that person is being irritatingly pedantic and should be pitied, in a nice way and with a gentle friendly, not-patronising sort of love, because they will have long hard lives ahead of them.

neil-gaiman:

It seemed like a good day to find a companion. With @rattyburvil. In a diner.
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neil-gaiman:

It seemed like a good day to find a companion. With @rattyburvil. In a diner.

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neil-gaiman:


shellytotter:


Amazon is very bad at keeping secrets. P.S. Neil Gaiman’s Doctor Who ebook is called Nothing O’Clock.


Hilarious.

neil-gaiman:

shellytotter:

Amazon is very bad at keeping secrets. P.S. Neil Gaiman’s Doctor Who ebook is called Nothing O’Clock.

Hilarious.

This evening I had a very pleasant time with Holly, which began with her mentioning how much she liked the song “Across the Universe” and me playing her the version of the song by Laibach, which has always been my favourite. “Dad,” she said, happily, “This was the version of the song I knew as a little girl. You used to play it. I always wondered why the Beatles one sounded different from the way I expected. I mean you could understand the words for a start.” Then we sat in front of the computer for a few hours and I made her a playlist of more songs she had loved as a small girl, the ones she’d remembered and the ones she’d forgotten, which led to our having The Conversation. You know, the one I’ve known was coming for the last almost-nineteen years.

I dragged songs from her childhood over to the playlist — “Barcelona” and “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “I Don’t Like Mondays” and “These Foolish Things” and then came Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”. “You named me from this song, didn’t you?” said Holly as the first bass notes sang. “Yup,” I said.

Lou started singing.

Holly listened to the first verse, and for the first time, actually heard the words.

"Shaved her legs and then he was a she…? He?"

"That’s right," I said, and bit the bullet. We were having The Conversation. "You were named after a drag queen in a Lou Reed song."

She grinned like a light going on. “Oh dad. I do love you,” she said. Then she picked up an envelope and wrote what I’d just said down on the back, in case she forgot it.

I’m not sure that I’d ever expected The Conversation to go quite like that.

- http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2004/05/in-which-author-finally-has.asp (and Holly, nine years later an out queer milliner, is to be found at http://hollyherself.tumblr.com/)

Last night I held my father’s hand while he dozed in the car next to me, tired and sad about Lou Reed’s death.  A few silent tears fell onto my cheeks, not so much for Lou but more for my dad and his sorrow.  I know Lou Reed meant so much to him he named his daughter after a line in one of his songs. 

I’m so proud to be named for this song.  It’s always been a part of me.  When I was little I loved doing the “do do do do do”s. When I was 19 and just coming out for the first time realising my namesake was non-heteronormative meant so much to me, it made vocalising my sexuality feel infinitely safer. Now I’m so proud to be queer, and an important part of that for me is striving to be an ally to the trans* community.  Thank you, dad, and thank you, Lou, for making that something as intrinsically part of me as my name.  

(via hollyherself)

Ah. So much love…

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