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The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (Mass Market Paperbound)
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June 2016 Indie Next List
“I must be one of the few people to love Neil Gaiman most for his nonfiction. Over the years, I've scoured the shelves and online for his speeches, his introductions, his forewords, even his tweets and blog posts, so this book is a thing of wonder. Filled to bursting with his humor, wisdom, and hope, all articulated in the thoughtful, generous prose we know and love, The View From the Cheap Seats will keep you company, give you solace, and help you think deeper, smile harder, and breathe easier.”
— Serena Longo (W), Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA
" Gaiman's] nonfiction is as compelling as his fiction, comics and screenplays." -- Los Angeles Times
A fascinating collection of nonfiction pieces on myriad topics observed in award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman's probing, amusing, and distinctive style.
Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, these essays explore a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the touching title piece, which recounts the author's experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.
As Neil explains, "This book is not 'the complete nonfiction of Neil Gaiman.' It is, instead, a motley bunch of speeches and articles, introductions and essays. Some of them are serious and some of them are frivolous and some of them are earnest and some of them I wrote to try and make people listen."
Illuminating and incisive, The View from the Cheap Seats explores some of the issues, subjects, and people that matter most to Neil Gaiman--and offers a unique glimpse into the mind of one of the most beloved and influential writers of our time.
"Conclusively proves that Gaiman is just as accomplished an essayist as he is an author of fiction...and comics." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Gaiman covers writing itself as superbly as anyone working in the craft today." -- Stephen Fry, author, comedian, and actor