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Art Matters

Because Your Imagination Can Change the World
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A stunning and timely creative call-to-arms combining four extraordinary written pieces by Neil Gaiman.

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” (Neil Gaiman)

Drawn from Gaiman’s trove of published speeches, poems, and creative manifestos, Art Matters is an embodiment of this remarkable multimedia artist’s vision - an exploration of how reading, imagining, and creating can transform the world and our lives.

Art Matters bring together four of Gaiman’s most beloved writings on creativity and artistry: 

  • “Credo”, his remarkably concise and relevant manifesto on free expression, first delivered in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings
  • “Make Good Art”, his famous 2012 commencement address delivered at the Philadelphia University of the Arts
  • “Making a Chair”, a poem about the joys of creating something, even when words won’t come 
  • “On Libraries”, an impassioned argument for libraries that illuminates their importance to our future and celebrates how they foster readers and daydreamers.

Art Matters is a stirring testament to the freedom of ideas that inspires us to make art in the face of adversity and dares us to choose to be bold.

©2018 Neil Gaiman (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Inspiring

Even though I’ve read these essays, and I’m going to buy the print copy of this book for the art, I loved hearing Neil’s voice. It’s short enough to be a great pep talk during any moments of writer’s block.

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good short lecture not long but poignant <br /><br />

quite stimulating and thought-provoking short but to the point, I like gaimin so it was a nice read I would like to get the book for the illustrations.

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Making the world, and yourself, better

In these 4 essays, Gaiman quickly and efficiently makes a case for improving yourself and our world through art and literacy. I love what these essays say and how they say it.

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Brilliant but short.

Beautiful. The only thing I wish is that there were more of it. Neil is witty, kind and elegant.

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Thinking about this.

Could not have said it better, most if not all these thoughts have occurred and I have tried to state them, to deaf ears for the most part, I love this book because Neil has put into words so much better then most of us could. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.