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Wednesday, February 16, 2005
SMOKE & MIRRORS - NEIL GAIMAN 
Neil Gaiman makes me want to write – and this is indeed a compliment of the highest order.

How so, you might wonder? Well, I was reading Gaiman’s Smoke & Mirrors, his collection of short fiction & poems, and he makes writing looks so bloody easy. He writes about mundane stuff. He writes about scary stuff. He writes about fantastic stuff. He writes about erotic stuff. And it all looks as natural as breathing!

He makes writing looks so simple that it seems as if just about anyone who knows their ABCs can write as beautifully as him. Which, by the way, is untrue.

He doesn’t have to be longwinded to get his points across. Just take a look at this story. 100 words. 102 words, if you include the title.

Nicholas Was…

Older than sin, and his beard could grow no whiter. He wanted to die.

The dwarfish natives of the Arctic caverns did not speak his language, but conversed in their own, twittering tounge, conducted incomprehensible rituals, when they were not actually working in the factories.

Once very year they forced him, sobbing & protesting, into Endless Night. During the journey he would stand near every child in the world, leave one of the dwarves’ invisible gifts by its bedside. The children slept, frozen into time.

He envied Prometheus and Loki, Sisyphus and Judas. His punishment was harsher.

Ho.

Ho.

Ho.

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The image of good old Saint Nick as a tortured soul punished for all eternity by the elves is quite delicious, don't you think?


khalilur  # 1:32 PM
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