Neil deGrasse Tyson and Neil Gaiman Describe Vision & Brilliance
(thank you upworthy for yet another incredible find)
the luxury to do something else.. to do..
Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (/ˈɡeɪmən/; born Neil Richard Gaiman; 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book seriesThe Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.
Gaiman is married to songwriter and performer Amanda Palmer. The couple publicly announced that they were dating in June 2009, announced their engagement on Twitter on 1 January 2010. On 16 November 2010, Amanda Palmer hosted a non-legally binding flash mob wedding for Gaiman’s birthday in New Orleans. They were legally married on 2 January 2011. The wedding took place in the parlour of writers Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon. On marrying Palmer, he took her middle name, MacKinnon, as one of his names.
talk feb 24, 2014:
3 Million Reasons Why Your Heart Will Break In One Video
what we do for each other to bring each other back up from the depths..
when we do what family does best.. which is look after each other.. we do it right..
they were us..
.. and they hope they can go home..
Inspirational Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts 2012
i didn’t have a career – i just did the next thing on the list.. of everything i wanted to do
1\ when you start out on a career in the arts – you have no idea what you’re doing. this is great. people who know what they’re doing know the rules .. what’s possible/impossible.
the rules … were made by people who had not tested the possible by going beyond them.
…you don’t know what is possible & impossible..
if you don’t know it’s impossible it’s easier to do. and if no one has done it before they haven’t made up particular rules to stop people from doing that particular thing again
2\ if you have an idea of what you want to make/do.. do that. much harder than it sounds..
i tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure.. and to stop when it felt like work. which meant life didn’t feel like work
3\ when you start out – you learn failure.. need thick skin
friends couldn’t envision a world where they could do what they wanted to do anymore.. and that seems like the biggest tragedy as any problem of failure..
the world conspires to stop you from doing the things you do because of success.
ie: i got consumed w/email
4\ make mistakes
that means you’re out there doing something
when things get tough – this is what you should do – make good art
do what only you can do best.. make good art
5\make your art
the one thing that you have that nobody else has – is you
write, play, sing, dance, life – in a way that only you can
the things that i’ve done that have worked the best – are the things i was most uncertain about
6\people get hired because.. somehow they get hired. you get work however you get work. but you keep work because the work is good.
people like you. your always on time. your work is good. (even 2 out of 3)
best advice i ever got that i ignored – from Stephen King – this is good – you should enjoy it.
i didn’t stop and look around and say – this is fun. i was too worried to enjoy the bit i was on.
let go and enjoy the ride.
be wise. the world needs more wisdom. if you can’t be wise. pretend to be someone who is wise.. and the be like they would.
make good art.
Neil and Junot in convo over sandman:
on knowing punching people was not good (in comics) even though they were portrayed as hero/winner
how much can you let yourself change – them on sandman
the writer in you is always smarter than the rest of you
how do i get a voice.. how do i sound like me..? you write.. and soon you’ll get all other voices out of your head.. and sound like you…
i was a kid who loved/responded to myth
myths are the ways we used to make sense of the world.. and today .. what we do are modern day myths
the great thing about myths for me was the multiplicity of myths.. a peculiar intellectual freedom
ways people have defined/explained the world to each other.. and that they all contradict each other is fantastic.. means everybody is full of it.. also.. that they kind of .. blind man and elephant way.. have handle on truth
quote of neil’s read by junot: that was something i found deeply problematic… they made the fatal mistake of saying to me.. none of characters will be black because.. black people don’t like fantasy..
the best thing about people is that we are all different…
where did your ethics come from: neil: when i was little more than a boy i wrote a bio of duran duran.. and i wrote it for the money. i did it for the money.. and i didn’t get the money.. the book wasn’t anything i wanted to read. i only have so much time in the world.. and i wish i hadn’t done that. so i decided.. i won’t do things for the money. i will let the money take care of itself.
it’s made me do things that any rational person would not have done…. ie: writing a book that no one was asking for..
i’m incredibly lucky.. what i’ve done.. is things i’ve wanted to do. if no money… i’ve at least done things i love.
my baby is hickupping.. that is so cute.
i remember the last time i was afraid to die.. dec 1988… i had __’s art.. ie: black orchid will never be published… writing death changed that for me
from sandman: once in every era there is a vortex.. even i don’t know why…a mortal who briefly becomes the center of the dreaming..
democracy – leonard cohen
Science, as you know, my little one, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe.
It’s based on observation, on experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe the facts revealed.