Monday, October 28, 2013

Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman (2013)

In the King James Bible, a "word of wisdom" is a spiritual gift.  I'm not sure what Neil Gaiman's religious bent is (I'm assuming atheist, or at the very least agnostic), but in Make Good Art, he is giving us some words of wisdom, and a truly spiritual gift.  The text is from a speech he gave at Philadelphia's University of the Arts (see here:   http://www.uarts.edu/neil-gaiman-keynote-address-2012); the words are then arranged graphically, in a few flat colors, on each and every page.  The book itself is good art.  You could probably read this again and again, and take away some little gem of truth each time you read.  The entire thing could be broken down into brilliant bits, and taken as a whole, it's inspirational.  Quite a marvelous little book.

"If you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.” 

“Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.” 

“I hope you'll make mistakes. If you're making mistakes, it means you're out there doing something.”

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a gem of a book, and brilliant as well, taking a graduation speech Gaiman gave at an art school, and then making good art using the text and book format.  Break up the text, and you have shining sound bites; taken as a whole, it's an inspiration especially to artists - but we all can take something from the book.  The origin of the phrase "words of wisdom" is from the Bible - the "word of wisdom" is a spiritual gift.  Regardless of Gaiman's religious (or non) bent, he's given us a spiritual gift here, truer words of wisdom couldn't be found.  


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