Monday, August 2, 2010

Have you ever been in love?

This week, I reread Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things, and rather than select just this one work from his extensive library, I chose to feature him and all he has written and recorded.

A Walking Tour of the Shambles (with Gene Wolfe)
The Absolute Death
Adventures in the Dream Trade
All New Stories (with All Sarantonio)
American Gods
Anansi Boys
Angels & Visitations
Day of the Dead
Don't Panic
Fragile Things
Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett)
Interworld (with Michael Reaves)
M is for Magic
MirrorMask (with Dave McKean)
Now We Are Sick (with Stephen Jones)
Odd and the Frost Giants
Smoke & Mirrors
The Absolute Death
The Alchemy of MirrorMask
The Dangerous Alphabet
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
The Graveyard Book
The Sandman Book of Dreams
Wolves in the Walls

Black Orchid
Books of Magic (with Dave McKean)
Creatures of the Night
Death: The High Cost of Living
Death: The Time of Your Life
Harlequin Valentine
Midnight Days
Mr. Punch: The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy
Murder Mysteries
Sandman: The Dream Hunter
Signal to Noise
The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1-4
The Last Temptation
The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Noctures
The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll's House
The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country
The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists
The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You
The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables & Reflections
The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives
The Sandman Vol. 8: The Worlds' End
The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones
The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake
The Sandman: Endless Nights
Violent Cases
A Study in Emerald
American Gods
Anansi Boys
Fragile Things
Good Omens
M is for Magic
Odd and the Frost Giants
Speaking in Tongues
Telling Tales
The Graveyard Books
Two Plays for Voice: Snow Glass Apples & Murder
Warning: Contains Language
Wolves in the Walls

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Come, my love, we have oceans to sail

New York poet, writer, rapper and actor Saul Williams knows. He knows how to capture the flutter of a heartbeat, the anger in a fist and the beauty in a blink. He knows pain, heartache and laughter. He knows how to weave simple words into music.

This summer, I read two of his poetry collections, S/HE and , said the Shotgun to the Head. Both seemed to catch emotions as if they were butterflies, lacing them into the inked words as they float across the pages and then suddenly swarm.
"I have seen the truth
many times
but for the first time
she saw me"
from S/HE

"intelligence is intuitive
you needn't learn to love
unless you've been taught
to fear and hate"
from , said the Shotgun to the Head