Neil Gaiman 7-years-old, Radio Interview BBC Radio ‘World at Weekend’, August 1968.
“Keith Graves: What is Scientology? Neil: It is an applied philosophy dealing with the study of knowledge.
Keith Graves: Do you know what philosophy is? Neil: I used to, but I’ve forgotten.
Keith Graves: Who told you that meaning of Scientology? Neil: In clearer words, it’s a way to make the able person more able.
Keith Graves: What does it do for you — Scientology — does it make you feel a better boy? Neil: Not exactly that, but when you make a release you feel absolutely great.
Keith Graves: Do you get what you call a release very often, or do you have this all the time? Neil: Well, you only keep a release all the time when you get Clear. I’m six courses away from Clear.” Read the rest.
Has it ever happened to you that you think some guy on the subway is attractive, maybe so attractive that you would consider telling him that you think he’s attractive, even if it meant there would be at least three full minutes of awkwardness (or more than that if you get stuck sitting…
“In college, whenever I used a semicolon in a paper, it came back to me with a big red circle around the offending member. I thought semicolons were just inflated commas, and I realized that I had no idea how to use them, and was afraid it was too late to learn, so I decided to do without them. I stuck with what I knew: the common comma, the ignorant question mark, the occasional colon, the proletarian period.”—Marry Norris on discovering the semicolon: http://nyr.kr/PmTMp3 (via newyorker)
Wonder why it takes so long for road work to get done? This guy’s been snoozing on my neighbour’s lawn for the past half hour. I should get hired to do that. I’d rather snooze under a tree in a skirt, though. Do lady roadworkers get to wear skirts? It’s too hot out for pants.
There’s such thing as an umbrella tree stand. I found it by accident when I typed “umbrella” into the internet. The umbrella tree stand is something I never considered would be an option for hunters. It never occurred to me that a raincoat and boots wouldn’t be enough rain protection for a…
On April 16, 2012, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced that it would award no Pulitzer for fiction in 2012. This was, to say the least, surprising and upsetting to any number of people, prominent among them the three fiction jurors, who’d read over three hundred novels and short-story collections, and finally submitted three finalists, each remarkable (or so we believed) in its own way.
“A knowledge of cursive may not be “relevant” to the modern world, but it is essential to a visceral sense of the past, and an ability to examine the literature, correspondence, and history contained in original documents.”
As many U.S. schools begin to phase out the teaching of cursive, Judith Thurman writes in defense of script: http://nyr.kr/MLREak
Mrs Kafka thought she’d seen the worst That morning she and Mr Kafka burst Through Franz’s door and saw the bed dwarfed By carapace, and her boy metamorphed – The worst, at least, until her husband threw Down the aquarium, its contents too, The sea invertebrates he’d been collecting. “Why …” But Mr Kafka, interjecting, Growled for every husband’s lost hegemonies: “With Franz like this, who needs anemones?”