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The view from the cheap seats : selected nonfiction

by Gaiman, Neil (Author)

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"An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics-- from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories-- observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman's probing, amusing, and distinctive style. An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsm... Full description

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Table of Contents:
  • Some things I believe.
  • Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming : the Reading Agency Lecture, 2013 ;
  • Telling lies for a living...and why we do it : the Newbery Medal Speech, 2009 ;
  • Four bookshops ;
  • Three authors : on Lewis, Tolkien and Chesterton; the MythCon 35 Guest of Honor Speech ;
  • The pornography of genre, or the genre of pornography ;
  • Ghosts in the machines : some Hallowe'en thoughts ;
  • Some reflections on myth (with several digressions onto gardening, comics and fairy tales) ;
  • How dare you : on America, and writing about it ;
  • All books have genders ;
  • The PEN Awards and Charlie Hebdo ;
  • What the [very bad swearword] is a children's book, anyway? The Zena Sutherland Lecture
  • Some people I have known.
  • These are not our faces ;
  • Reflections : on Diana Wynne Jones ;
  • Terry Pratchett : an appreciation ;
  • On Dave McKean ;
  • How to read Gene Wolfe ;
  • Remembering Douglas Adams ;
  • Harlan Ellison : The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World ;
  • Banging the drum for Harlan Ellison ;
  • On Stephen King, for the Sunday Times ;
  • Geoff Notkin : meteorite man ;
  • About Kim Newman, with notes on the creation and eventual dissolution of the Peace and Love Corporation ;
  • Gumshoe : a book review ;
  • SIMCITY ; Six to six
  • Introductions and musings : science fiction.
  • Fritz Leiber : the short stories ;
  • Hothouse ;
  • Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 and what science fiction is and does ;
  • Of time, and Gully Foyle : Alfred Bester and The Stars My Destination ;
  • Samuel R. Delany and The Einstein Intersection ;
  • On the fortieth anniversary of the Nebula Awards : a speech, 2005
  • Films and movies and me.
  • The Bride of Frankenstein ;
  • MirrorMask : an introduction ;
  • MirrrorMask : a Sundance diary ;
  • The nature of the infection : some thoughts on Doctor Who
  • On comics and films : 2006
  • On comics and some of the people who make them.
  • Good comics and tulips : a speech ;
  • A speech to professionals contemplating alternative employment, given at PROCON, April 1997 ;
  • "But what has that to do with Bacchus?" Eddie Campbell and Deadface ;
  • Confessions : on Astro City and Kurt Busiek ;
  • Batman : Cover to Cover ;
  • Bone : an introduction, and some subsequent thoughts ;
  • Jack Kirby : king of comics ;
  • The Simon and Kirby Superheroes ;
  • The spirit of seventy-five ;
  • The Best of the Spirit ;
  • Will Eisner : New York stories ;
  • The keynote speech for the 2003 Eisner Awards ;
  • 2004 Harvey Awards speech ;
  • The Best American Comics, 2010
  • Introductions and contradictions.
  • Some strangeness in the proportion : the exquisite beauties of Edgar Allan Poe ;
  • On The New Annnotated Dracula ;
  • Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror and Fantasy ;
  • From the days of future past : The Country of the Blind and Other Stories, by H.G. Wells ;
  • Business as usual, during alterations : Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, by Cory Doctorow ;
  • The mystery of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown ;
  • Concerning dreams and nightmares : the dream stories of H.P. Lovecraft ;
  • On The 13 Clocks by James Thurber ;
  • Votan and Other Novels by John James ;
  • On Viriconium : some notes toward an introduction ;
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish : an introduction ;
  • Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones ;
  • Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore ;
  • Art and Artifice by Jim Steinmeyer ;
  • The Moth : an introduction
  • Music and the people who make it.
  • Hi, by the way : Tori Amos ;
  • Curious wine : Tori Amos II ;
  • Flood : Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition, They Might Be Giants ;
  • Lou Reed, in memoriam : "The Soundrack to My Life" ;
  • Waiting for the man : Lou Reed ;
  • Afterword afterword : Evelyn Evelyn ;
  • Who Killed Amanda Palmer
  • On 'Stardust' and fairy tales.
  • Once upon a time ;
  • Several things about Charles Vess ;
  • The King of Elfland's daughter, Lord Dunsany ;
  • Lud-in-the-Mist ;
  • The thing of it is : Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell ;
  • On Richard Dadd's The Fairy-Feller's Master-Stroke
  • Make good art.
  • Make good art
  • The view from the cheap seats : real things.
  • The view from the cheap seats ;
  • A wilderness of mirrors ;
  • The Dresden dolls : Hallowe'en 2010 ;
  • Eight views of Mount Fuji : Beloved Demons and Anthony Martignetti ;
  • So many ways to die in Syria now : May 2014 ;
  • A Slip of the Keyboard : Terry Pratchett.
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