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Neil Gaiman Weekend

Neil Gaiman at Fully Booked

I have always argued that Neil Gaiman is more than just a writer. He’s a story teller. There are some writers, who, when you listen to them speak, sound as if they are speaking in prose. The sentences they construct are uttered with a cadence that makes you stop to listen to every word as he effortlessly highlights his point with stops, intonation and the perfect choice of words.

Mr. Gaiman tells how Philippine literature is rich in realism, yet not so in unrealism as, according to him, we have the richest culture in the world. He didn’t say one of the richest. He said we are the richest. Don’t you wonder?

P.S. Perhaps you’ve already heard about it, but during the 2007 Ad Congress, Neil Gaiman served as pastor to two bronze award winners. The tale is recounted here for the guy and here for the girl. Neil writes about it here. Sadly, I was not able to make it to the ad congress, but I did catch him at Fully Booked, where he recounted the tale.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

7 replies on “Neil Gaiman Weekend”

One of the richest probably. Given the number of tribe, kingdoms, colonizers, and traders that came to the Philippines it is not surprising.

Even during the Early Spanish Colonial Period Manila was known as a cultural melting pot.

you were there too? were you at the press con?

I was able to attend the press con and took tons of pictures. πŸ™‚ I have a link to my pictures in my blog.

you stop to listen to every word as he effortlessly highlights his point with stops, intonation and the perfect choice of words.

Definitely. If he had lived in ancient times, he would probably have been one of the most respected bards/storytellers EVER. Its not often we get to see and hear someone that good with words.

conrad de quiros calls this a “magic realist” country. he’s coming from a different direction compared to neil gaiman, but between the two of them, there’s definitely a lot of material for a story teller πŸ™‚

@azrael — yeah i forgot his name though but he’s supposed to draw the next series after Civil War!

you remember his name? hes the cover artist for expeditions πŸ™‚

@rina: makes you wonder why were flooded with a lot of korean telenovelas. πŸ™‚

We have culture? Hehe. I wonder how he came to that conclusion. I sure hope he’s being sincere — and I hope to see whatever culture he’s talking about. hehe

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