Sunday, August 16, 2009

Neil Gaiman - "Instructions"

Just another extraordinary thing from Neil Gaiman. Few people, in my opinion, have been able to inhabit the logic of myth so completely.

"remember your name.
do not lose hope
for what you seek will be found.
trust ghosts.
trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn.
trust dreams,
trust your heart,
and trust your story."

I think, sometimes, that Neil Gaiman writes stories for the same reason that I write sermons. He just does it a whole lot better.

5 comments:

Aric Clark said...

Lovely.

Remember your name... I used that exact line in my sermon this morning.

Alan said...

Excellent. I've been a fan of Gaiman's work since he worked on Sandman. (In fact I just finished re-reading American Gods.)

Doug Hagler said...

Have you read Anansi Boys yet? It is his best so far, IMHO (The Graveyard Book is also great, as one would expect).

Aric Clark said...

Yeah, Anansi Boys is absolutely amazing.

I want to read "Odd and the Frost Giants".

Alan said...

Anansi Boys is great. Also his short story collections, like Fragile Things are also quite fun.

I have a wonderful print of "The Day the Saucers Came" on my wall at home. Yeah, I'm a geek. :)