Art Matters by Neil Gaiman

Art matters, because imagination can change the world

Art matters. Because imagination can change the world.

It is about texts written by Neil Gaiman over the years and illustrated by Chris Ridell for this volume. I saw the book in the library and did not hesitate to pick it up. I already know Neil Gaiman for CoralineBy The cemetery book and many other things that I have on the list but that I have not read yet (American Gods, Sandman, Stardust, Its Nordic myths, etc). I didn't know Chris Ridell. The translation is the responsibility of Montserrat Meneses Vilar.

I always like to read other genres of the authors that interest me, especially when they are essays, conferences and opinions they have on life and literature.

Editorial Destino's edition is very beautiful. It belongs to the Ancora & Delfín collection. It is a very quick book to read, you can read it in 1 hour, but very interesting. Other books, very quick to read, also very beautiful and ideal to give as gifts that we have talked about are Ithaca and with Light a bonfire.

If you are interested you can buy it here!.

Specifically, there are 4 texts:

  1. Creed.
  2. Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming.
  3. How to assemble a chair.
  4. Make good art.


First published in 2015 by New Statesman

neil gaiman's creed and freedom of speech

There are 9 statements in the form of a Creed. They all start with the traditional Creo… Defending freedoms, especially of expression. Right to think, to have ideas and to express them. To speak about any matter to offend and ignore.

I believe that you can oppose your own ideas to others that you do not like, that you should have the freedom to discuss, explain, clarify, debate, offend, insult, enrage, mock, sing, dramatize and deny whatever you want.

It claims above all freedom of expression in the context of incidents related to Islam.

Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming.

First published in 2013 in

It is a plea for the importance of reading, physical books and libraries. Always defend reading, not only to learn but to have fun, read fiction for pleasure.

With fiction, empathy is generated

This is a point that I have never thought about. Can fiction generate empathy? It deserves a reflection.

Libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are related to education, entertainment, the creation of safe spaces and access to information.

With the current drift we have a duty to defend libraries. Many people consider them to be a useless expense. That they are not profitable. Looking at the profitability of a library that is a public service does not make sense. Its economic performance cannot be measured.

We have an obligation to read for pleasure. If others see us reading, we show that reading is a positive thing. We have an obligation to support libraries, to speak out against their closure.

If we do not value them, we are silencing the voices of the past and damaging the future.

How to assemble a chair

First appearance in 2011 on a CD of An evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer

He hasn't told me much.

I want to understand that he speaks of the complexity and meticulousness when writing a story or a book, comparing it with the metaphor of assembling the chair.

And so far my great analysis.

Make good art

First published in 2012 in


A text with 2 well differentiated parts. The first it is a review of his life and the decisions and goals he made to be a writer.

Talk about imposter syndrome, failure, success, and how to deal with them. Because both bring associated problems.

And then the biggest problem with success is that the world conspires to stop you from doing what you do, because you are successful.

One day came when I looked up and saw that I had become someone whose main occupation was to respond to email and who wrote as a hobby

And it encourages us to follow our goals and be happy.

It seems a bit debatable to me the part that ensures that all the jobs that he has done solely for money have gone wrong. Although it is somewhat idyllic, I do not think that this can be extrapolated to the rest of the world population.

The second part talks about art and the importance of making art.

You have the ability to make art

In any discipline, we can make art. And I think that everyone should practice it, even if it is not going to be our way of life, even if it is "a hobby", we should all practice some activity related to art. Painting, drawing, sculpting, writing, photography, etc. We can exercise it at home.

Gaiman presents us with art, as a solution to the problems of our life, to work, marital or couple problems, to social problems, etc.

Make interesting, incredible, glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break the rules. Make the world a more interesting place by being in it. MAKE GOOD ART

And he urges us to make our art, not to let ourselves be carried away and influenced by people. To do it our way, in the best way that we know how and at our discretion. To be creative, to innovate. A hymn to freedom of thought and artistic activity without pressure and without guidelines.

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