Neil Gaiman on Reading

And the second thing fiction does is to build empathy. When you watch TV or see a film, you are looking at things happening to other people. Prose fiction is something you build up from 26 letters and a handful of punctuation marks, and you, and you alone, using your imagination, create a world and people it and look out through other eyes. You get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know. You learn that everyone else out there is a me, as well. You’re being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you’re going to be slightly changed.

This is a snippet of a lecture Neil Gaiman gave to the Reading Agency in London, on Monday, October 14, about the importance of reading, libraries, and librarians. Read the rest here in The Guardian. It is a long-ish read, but worth it. Gaiman makes the case for reading, libraries, books and daydreaming better than anyone I’ve ever seen (or read). Pass it on.

Now if only people would put down their smart phones and tablets and turn off the tv long enough to read a book.

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9 thoughts on “Neil Gaiman on Reading

  1. Hi DD, Neil is on point. Reading the quote I have to smile. Because it is funny. It feels like hardly no one read anymore for relaxation or to feed the mind. I am at the library once a week normally. Now is is like once a twice a month. I enjoy having a book in my hand. The feel of it and the texture across my fingers. I enjoy flipping through each pages. Grant it I do a lot of searching online but when I find a subject that I have interest in I order a book and take my time sitting down with it to give it a good read if not look over.


    1. Hi Lora. Yes, searching online can be a good start, but we can’t rely solely on websites for information. There is nothing like the feel of a book in your hands, is there?


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