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The View From the Cheap Seats

The View From the Cheap Seats

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"The View from the Cheap Seats brings together... more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author's experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062262264
Characteristics: xviii, 522 pages ; 24 cm


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JCLHeatherM Aug 20, 2019

A collection of essays, speeches, and articles from Neil Gaiman that speak out in defense of libraries, reading, dreaming, and so much more.

May 22, 2019

I really wanted to like this, but it just didn't grab me. I loved the beginning where he talked about the importance of literature and libraries and reading to children, but after that it was just introductions to books and authors I didn't know.

HollyHertel Jul 02, 2018

This is a great book. I love Gaiman's non-fiction essays. So smart, so personal! Highly recommend.

Nov 24, 2017

I love Neil Gaiman and am glad I read this compilation of his speeches and essays. However, I found myself skipping several chapters as the content was similar to earlier chapters.

Jan 02, 2017

Very much enjoyed this. Actually, I bought it. He's thoughtful and funny; he's a good essayist as well.

ArapahoeCatherine Oct 10, 2016

Loved this! While it's a little hefty, the format makes it move super quickly. I highly recommend the audiobook, read by Gaiman!

bkilfoy Aug 12, 2016

A collection of Neil Gaiman's nonfiction writing, predominantly book introductions with a smattering of speeches, newspaper/magazine articles, and general essays. As one would expect of Gaiman, the prose is beautiful, thought provoking, and, as he promises in the introduction to the collection, at least one of the essays will point you to books, films, authors, artists, or musicians you now want to explore. Despite weighing in at just over 500 pages, I found the collection a quick read and a delight to explore. A read worth dipping into if you're a Gaiman fan.

Aug 07, 2016

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Aug 01, 2016

The best way to approach this book is to select the pieces you want to read. There are whole sections which I read every one of the essays and sections I skipped a ton in. Very thoughtful pieces and maybe some will even introduce you to new writers/artists/books.

Jun 30, 2016

Inspiring on reading, writing, art, and life in general, even to me - not (yet) a fan. My thorough (not necessarily in the order of sections compiled) reading of each piece exposed me to paths that I'd like to explore further, but also dotted with redundancies (collections of overlapping subjects) and trifles, compounded by my unfamiliarity with the writers, artists and works that many articles were dedicated to.
One of the best introductions (not just from this book): (p308) The Best American Comics, 2010.
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Honesty matters. Vulnerability matters. Being open about who you were at a moment in time when you were in a difficult or an impossible place matters more than anything. Having a place the story starts and a place it’s going: that’s important. Telling your story, as honestly as you can, and leaving out the things you don’t need, that’s vital.

Jun 24, 2016

“Ask me with a gun to my head if I believe in them, all the gods and myths that I write about, and I’d have to say no. Not literally. Not in the daylight, nor in well-lighted places, with people about. But I believe in the things they can tell us. I believe in the stories we can tell with them. I believe in the reflections that they show us, when they are told. And, forget it or ignore it at your peril, it remains true: these stories have power.”


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