Review: Make Good Art – Neil Gaiman.

gaimanThe first problem of any kind of even limited success is the unshakable conviction that you are getting away with something, and that any moment now they will discover you.

I saw Harper Collins post/Neil Gaiman retweet something about this book and say it was ideal for graduates. I remember watching the speech, but it hadn’t crossed my mind in a long time and I thought, hey, I’m graduating next month, I’ll go with a nice little To: me, From: me.

And what an unsurprising delight it was!

If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something.

So, I really love listening to Neil Gaiman talk. Two occasions I was lucky enough to listen to him chat in August – one on The Ocean at the End of the Lane and one on The Sandman – and it’s incredibly easy to find yourself inspired by the way he talks, and his reflections; so when the intent is to in a sense inspire, then you end up with something like this. And it’s just wonderful.

The book was fun. I’m not saying it’s a flawless design but I think that for what Gaiman was saying, a book that makes you squint to read, turn the pages, and draws you to stand out quotes is ideal.

I feel like Gaiman is a really inspiring person, and on a gloomy Friday morning, it was a welcome delivery from the postman. Whether my day is as productive following reading this as I feel it ought to be is another question.

Make interesting, amazing, glorious, fantastic mistakes.


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