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Art Matters
Art Matters | Neil Gaiman
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Combining Neil Gaiman's extraordinary words with Chris Riddell's deft and striking illustrations, Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art. Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters will explore how reading, imagining and creating can change the world. A creative call to arms, the book will champion freedom of ideas, making art in the face of adversity and choosing to be bold. It will be inspirational to young and old, and will encourage glorious, creative rebellion.
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NeedsMoreBooks
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This illustrated book describes Gaiman‘s views on how ideas will win over guns, how fiction builds empathy, how important libraries are, and six points on how to make art. It has some of Gaiman‘s life snippets. The book is typically Gaiman with interesting advice and encouraging ideas.

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NeedsMoreBooks @Clwojick won‘t this be 6 point for review and participation? (edited) 7d
rsteve388 Correct this is 6 pts 4d
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Importance of libraries #NFNov

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NeedsMoreBooks
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On how individuals have the power to change the world, through fiction. #NFNov

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NeedsMoreBooks
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Fiction builds empathy #NFNov

Debdeb How mind blowing is that first part, fiction is made up of 26 letters and some punctuation marks ... how can just 26 letter produce all the amazing g and diverse stories we know and love?!? 🤯 1w
NeedsMoreBooks @Debdeb exactly! It is so amazing 😲 1w
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AriThomas
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Loved this!!!

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erzascarletbookgasm
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This book is a gem. Based on Gaiman‘s poems, speeches and paired with Chris Riddell‘s illustrations, it emphasises the importance of art, pleasure reading, libraries, and imagination. It talks about the power of ideas and free expression, and about inspiring artists to believe in their art. “Make interesting, amazing, glorious, fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art."
#AuthorAMonth

JennyM This is a gorgeous book. I dip in and out of it and, every time, feel a little bit inspired and more hopeful x (edited) 2w
Lucy_Anywhere Chris Riddell is one of my fave illustrators - such a distinctive style! 2w
Mandoul Totally agree. I loved this book and like @JennyM will pick it up a few times a year! 2w
Soubhiville Logged📚 2w
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JennyM
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I #cherish books like this because I can read them with my kids, and it gives us a beautiful way to talk about the importance of spending time engaging with art of all forms. And it‘s also doubly special because the beautiful litten @Tanisha_A sent it to me ♥️

#Movember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Lovely 💕 1mo
Tanisha_A Love and light ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh how lovely 💕 1mo
batsy Love this post ... Beautiful 💙 1mo
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Moony
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Day 6 of #7days7covers :)

Perhaps @Reecaspieces will enjoy the game and show is beautiful covers?

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BBooks
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If Gaiman wrote a menu I would love it ❤ Art Matters is brilliant and a quick read I will certainly read again and again and again because Art and Libraries MATTER 📚📚📚❤❤❤❤📚📚📚📚❤❤❤❤

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TK-421
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“We need our children to get onto the reading ladder: anything that they enjoy reading will move them up, rung by rung, into #literacy.”

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/15/neil-gaiman-future-libraries-readi...

#QuotsySept19

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Moony
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Sorry for my late post for #bfc3 but this weekend I'm at a convention. I finished my goals with bravour because at con I was running and dancing all the time. And I was shopping ? two books and two comics.
And I read 10 vol of the manga "the lonely planet"

#comic #bookhaul #bookfitnesschallenge

@britt_brooke @Imabusybee @LibrarianJen @Reecaspieces @jb72jen @eeyore031370 @CaroPi @CocoReads #bookfitnesschallenge #BFCR3

CocoReads Great job! 4mo
Reecaspieces Awesome 4mo
britt_brooke Excellent! 🙌🏻 4mo
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CaroPi Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
julesG 👏👏👏👏👏 Great! You had an excellent week! 4mo
imabusybee That is awesome 👏🏻🙌🏼 4mo
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teebe
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This collection is a must-read for any creative person. “Make Good Art” has long been a favourite of mine and was actually the first thing I posted about on Litsy. “Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming” is also great. I have misgivings about “Credo” but I overall HIGHLY recommend this book.

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Charityann
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Such a fun, positive book! I recommend to all the creatives!!😊

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Charityann
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Satisfied with how my week went - I was over 10k steps six days, and I got through five books! 📚🏃🏻‍♀️📖

I enjoyed this challenge so much, I signed up for round three.😁

@wanderinglynn #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge #bfcr2

Megabooks Fantastic!! 4mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A fantastic week! 🎉 4mo
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You're finding out something as you read that will be vitally important for making your way in the world. And it's this: the world doesn't have to be like this. Things can be different.

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faelinwolf
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Physical books are tough, hard to destroy, bath resistant, solar operated, feel good in your hand. They are good at being books, and there will always be a place for them.

Lindy 👍 4mo
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teebe
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“Fiction is the lie that tells the truth. We all have an obligation to daydream. We have an obligation to imagine.”

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teebe
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“You‘re finding out something as you read that will be vitally important for making your way in the world. And it‘s this: the world doesn‘t have to be like this. Things can be different. Fiction builds empathy ... you, and you alone, use your imagination, create a world, and people it and look through other eyes. You‘re being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you‘re going to be slightly changed.”

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teebe
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Ahhh I‘m so happy I finally have this book! Thank you @PurpleyPumpkin 🤗 I‘ll be sending a reply to your card tomorrow.

#PoutinePenPals

PurpleyPumpkin Yay, so glad you got it! As I said in my note, it seemed perfect for you. I'm tempted to buy it myself. Looking forward to your comments on it. Enjoy!!💜 4mo
teebe @PurpleyPumpkin I‘ve read “Make Good Art” before, which is part of this collection, and I highly recommend. 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin Oh, good to know! I‘ll look for that one too. Thanks for the recommendation. 👍🏽😉 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That seems like a perfect book for you! 💟 4mo
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Tanisha_A
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I think i will keep this book close to me everyday for the rest of my life. I will gift it to everyone i know who appreciates reading. I will read it again and again and again. 🥰

JennyM ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM Have you read this? Do you own it? 4mo
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JennyM @Tanisha_A no I haven‘t but it looks completely beautiful. 4mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM Great! I will gift it to you. Email me your address at taniagarwal23 (@gmail.com) 4mo
Tanisha_A @sudi It's sooooooo good! 4mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A oh you generous soul. That‘s very kind. I‘ll send you an email very soon 😘😘 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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🌈The More You Know✨

JazzFeathers So, so true. 5mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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“You‘re finding out something as you read that will be vitally important for making your way in the world. And it‘s this:

The World Doesn‘t Have To Be Like This.

Things can be different.”

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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wanderinglynn I love this & this book so much. ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I loved this quick little picture book, especially the part about libraries and reading (of course) 😉

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lahousewyfe
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This quick read electrified me! I loved this picture book for adults! A manifesto for art and artists and those dream of being artists and everyone with an imagination, by which I mean everyone! I plan on reading it over and over and over again - especially since it only takes a few minutes.

Sorry about all the exclamation points.

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CraftyBookNerd1
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Great book! Talking about how ideas, libraries/librarians, careers, and art bring out the best in you! Do what you love and what you‘re good at: “Make good art.” I‘m glad I got the opportunity to read this 💕📚
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These were books started on Saturday and finished earlier today. It was my work weekend at the library, so I didn‘t get as much done as I otherwise could have.

These are all 4- and 5-star reads. I‘m very happy I read them all.

My favorite is the tagged book. My second Neil Gaiman book. My first one was “American Gods”, and I gave it a rare abysmal 2 stars, if I remember correctly. This one, a solid 5 stars! Loved it!!! 😁

Read any of these?!

TheBookHippie All but the tagged book I‘ve read! I agree all 4-5 stars! 6mo
wanderinglynn Love Art Matters & the Tao of Pooh! 👍🏻👍🏻❤️ 6mo
rretzler Also all but the tagged book. 6mo
kspenmoll They all are wonderful reads! ❤️ 6mo
Mandoul Loved Art Matters. Great book 👍 6mo
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jb72
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#bookfitnesschallenge #artmatters #neilgaiman
I finally got this book on interlibrary loan. It is a short book full of well written advice. Art does matter. I also included a pic of my favorite painting - Starry Night. What‘s your favorite painting?

marleed the woman in the gloves tamara de lempicka 7mo
jb72 @marleed I had to look that one up. Cool 😎 painting! 7mo
marleed We‘ve had a large print of that painting in my home for years. Everyone likes it for a different reason. We call affectionately call her Bullet Breast. She looks like she could be Evelyn Hugo in the TJR book! 7mo
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BookwormAHN My favorite is also Starry Night. I love Van Gogh's paintings 💜 7mo
Leniverse Starry Night is one of my absolute favourites too. As a child I was a bit obsessed with Kittelsen (he painted a lot of fairy tale scenes) and had a poster of his Water Sprite on my bedroom wall. I still enjoy his paintings, like "Nøkken" and "Troll wonders how old he is". 7mo
Leniverse And I have recently "discovered" Artemisa Gentileschi. She was one awesome woman and I love her paintings of women breastfeeding, bleeding nipples and all. Not to mention her revenge painting, "Judith Slaying Holofernes", where she painted herself as Judith and her rapist (who literally got away with murder because he was famous) as Holofernes. 7mo
4thhouseontheleft A Gaiman book I haven't heard of, it sounds good! My favorite painting is one of Frida Kahlo's self-portraits with monkeys. 7mo
Clwojick This is one of my ultimate favourites. 😍 I cried when I seen a Van Gogh in person at the MOMA. 7mo
jb72 @Leniverse The Kittelsen paintings are very cool 😎I had to look those up. 7mo
jb72 @Leniverse I hadn‘t heard of her so I looked up her paintings. Very interesting. 7mo
jb72 @4thhouseontheleft Her self portraits are so amazing. The Gaiman book is very short. 7mo
jb72 @Clwojick I probably would too. One of my high school teachers (French I believe) had that hanging in the classroom and I stared at it all the time along with Escher‘s Staircase. 7mo
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Alybrarian
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Such a good book. Super encouraging for all the creatives out there. He talks about doubts and fears during the creative process, but he also gives advice and encouragement in overcoming those. He helps you realize that you are not alone in how you unqualified you feel. Even the greats don‘t always feel as though they‘ve “made it.”

wanderinglynn Welcome to litsy! 👋🏻 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
Alybrarian @wanderinglynn thanks! ☺️ 7mo
jpmcwisemorgan Welcome to Litsy!!! 7mo
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SamHeartCoffee Welcome to Litsy! 7mo
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Alybrarian
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Chilling at Starbucks with my sister and enjoying this quick read. 👌🏻

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MissHel
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Happy Library Workers Day!

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Addison_Reads
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Everyone should read this amazing little gem of a book. 💜 I read through this recently at a bookstore and loved every page.

I was equally thrilled when I turned the page and saw that Gaiman and Riddell had included one of my favorite authors as well.

Gaiman has so many great quotes in this book about reading, libraries, and ultimately not letting anyone stop you from pursuing something you love.

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BekaReid
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Such a good little book. Beautiful. Art matters. Fiction builds empathy. Everything changes when we read. Yes! Yes! All of this!!

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MEGR
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Quick but wonderful read 🎨

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MEGR
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“It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that the society is huge and the individual is less than nothing. But the truth is individuals make the future. And they do it by imagining that things can be different.”

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Craftylikefox
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This is a quick little read with beautiful illustrations. Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell make great stuff together. A very encouraging book, with some honesty. Nothing/ nobody is perfect but keep going, keep creating 🖤🖤 Happy Monday

JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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Craftylikefox
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Art Matters 💕

MaGoose I loved this book. 9mo
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JoScho
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
Craftylikefox 💕I have this one waiting for me to read it 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I must so get this! 9mo
JoScho @Jee_HookedOnBookz @Craftylikefox it looks pretty amazing. ❤️ 9mo
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daniwithtea
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I too had an excellent local library growing up, and those librarians truly contributed to the person I am today. About ten years ago, the branch that had been local to us was closing; it was so beloved that my brother and both I took the afternoon off to meet there and say goodbye. The librarians remembered us, by name, some 25 years after we‘d last visited. I still tear up thinking about it. (Also this book was fantastic!)

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MaleficentBookDragon
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I'm a bit behind on my posting. Thank you so much @kspenmoll for the awesome #cupidgoespostal 📦! I love it! It was so thoughtful. And weIl thought out. The post-its were great, the candy is already gone, and the Neil Gaiman book is my new fav. Thanks again. Oh, and the little hearts bookmarks are soooo cute.
@BookishMarginalia

kspenmoll I am so glad you enjoyed your box. I had such fun thinking of you & finding little gifts to suit you! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
MaleficentBookDragon @kspenmoll you did a perfect job. Thank you! 10mo
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DrawingSustenance
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"The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before." -Neil Gaiman

Linsy Loved this one! ♥️ 9mo
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Smarkies
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This checks the box for "something with pictures" for #nonfiction2019 . A collection of some of Neil Gaiman's nonfiction essay s with Chris Riddell's excellent illustrations.

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TK-421 That's an amazing quote ❤️ 10mo
toofondofbooks @TK-421 It sure makes you realize how much we take for granted these days. 10mo
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HotCocoaReads
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I was planning to quickly check out the illustrations in Art Matters this morning and ended up devouring the whole thing over breakfast. Now I‘ve got to get it into the hands of my daughter! It‘s simple advice about being creative and what Gaiman has learned on his creative journey! What an inspiration and a pleasure to read—plus, those illustrations! 😍

BookBabe I concur! 😍 Lovely photo. 10mo
LeahBergen Beautiful post! 😍😍 10mo
Smarkies Such a beautiful desk! 10mo
Linsy Beautiful pic! 💙 10mo
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BlueMonday42
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I‘ve always loved Neil Gaiman, and this really spoke to me. It‘s a series of short essays, punctuated by illustrations, about the power of art, creativity and literacy. There are some really quotable passages here, and I‘ll come back to this anytime my art (writing) becomes hard and I feel uncertain about it.

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GirlNamedJesse
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This was everything I didn‘t know I needed. AMEN, Neil Gaiman, AMEN.

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LibrarianRyan
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Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddle take home the award for favorite non- fiction for kids.

#LitsyAwards

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bibliostephanie
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This is not a book with a lot of words. I read it thoroughly in about an hour. That said, its length means I can read it over and over again. It will sit on my writer‘s desk forever, for instant inspiration. It includes Neil‘s commencement speech - slightly modified. Amazing.

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scowler1
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Love this respect for libraries and librarians. Beautiful, heartwarming little book.

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scowler1
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This pair just arrived from England. My wife - who read English and History at University, and has read more books than I ever will - sat and read Art Matters (it's a short book) and proclaimed it the best book ever written. 'It should be required reading for everybody' she said.

TrishB And the poetry book is awesome too! 11mo
scowler1 @TrishB Yes! I love Sassoon & Owen & Mr Poe but this poetry book has opened me up a little. Doesn't all have to be so dark! 11mo
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