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Art Matters

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,026 ratings  ·  192 reviews
Combining Neil Gaiman's extraordinary words with Chris Riddell's deft and striking illustrations, Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art.

Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision.

Drawn together from speeches, poe
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published September 6th 2018 by Headline
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Rob The book contains speeches that Gaiman has given throughout his life, including a commencement address and a plea for funding libraries. The target…moreThe book contains speeches that Gaiman has given throughout his life, including a commencement address and a plea for funding libraries. The target audience would have been adults when he wrote the speeches. I think the best answer is something Gaiman says in the book. He warns people to let children enjoy reading and not force them into something they are not ready for. The example he gives is that his young daughter was reading RL Stine, and he suggested she read Stephen King. It did not go over well, apparently. Children may like this book, but I think he has other, more suitable books for children. I think Gaiman might suggest that children should have access to lots of books, and if they are curious enough or interested enough they will read it. So, it could probably go into a children's library, by that standard.... Hope that long, rambling answer helps.(less)

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Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The answer is not 42 after all. The answer to life, the universe and everything is:


Which of course may well be what Douglas Adams did, hitchhiking his way through the universe in a bombastic show of creative power. So 42 and "MAKE GOOD ART" could be seen as synonyms.

A mutated boa constrictor is harming you? Time for making good art.

This collection of passionate essays by Neil Gaiman and outrageously funny drawings by Chris Riddell will be my "Annoy-Everyone-Until -They-Read-It"-tr
Bookdragon Sean
"Make good art. I’m serious."

This is a collection of four essays, each forceful and energetic, that directly address why it is so important to read and write and, more importantly, they impress upon you why children should be doing it too.

This is not new material but has instead been published in various magazines and online publications, some of them even appeared in The View From the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction.

The essays are as followed:

1. Credo
2. Why Our Future Depends on Librari
Nat K
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to be inspired!

Oh my goodness, I l💕ve this book! I read it on the work commute home and am SO impressed with it. One of those books that makes you believe that good things can happen.

Imagine a world devoid of beauty. Without colour. No artworks to adorn walls or office desks. No words of wisdom to inspire or incite. Imagine a world without books!

Art matters because it soothes the soul, keeps the blood pumping through our veins, makes us think. It connects us.

Didn’t someone once say “The pen is mightier than th
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I needed this. Also Chris Riddell could stab me with a pencil and I'd thank him.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision.
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Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have teamed up a number of times before and make a great team. Both wholly embrace enthusiastic fans, fan art, any art, as well as charities. Therefore, they created this little book in which Chris Riddell illustrates speeches, poems, manifestos and comments by Neil Gaiman about the i
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, stars-4-0
"Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose Art. It matters.”

To many, this tiny book is going to seem very expensive for what it is. I can understand that. On the other hand, I totally buy what Gaiman and Riddell proposed to do, defend the Arts and Freedom of Speech in this crazy world of ours!

The book itself has a simplicity, both in words and drawing style, that can attract Everyone. In that light it reminded me of how Fairy Tales (the original ones from oral tradition) were aimed for everyone too, from
Robin Bonne
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A reprint of an essay that I believe I previously read in The View from the Cheap Seats.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Come ON people !
Star Rating: 1,000,000 (5) STARS!

Because Your Imagination Can Change The World

“I suggest that reading fiction, reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do.”

I want to shout my love for and the the importance of this book from the rooftops. This book is everything .

Please if you do read this based upon on my review I’d really love to hear/ see your feedback. I’m just blown away.

PLEASE if you love books read this. If you are an author RE
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2, 5, september
A very quick read (I just read this in work, don't tell anyone) featuring some of Neil Gaiman's wisest words paired with Chris Riddell's fantastic illustrations. Neil's advice basically boils down to 'do the thing that only you can do, and do it well' and it's a wonderful read. Buy one for everyone you know.

(He also loves libraries and librarians, and they're cousins to bookstores. So I feel like he loves us too.)

I don't know that it's an issue for anybody but me, but it's true that nothing I di
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: illustrated, on-art
якщо взяти вже не раз публіковані хороші (і мотиваційні) тексти геймана про мистецтво й доповнити їх упізнаваними (і гарними) ілюстраціями кріса рідделла, вийде наперед знайома книжка, яку все-таки хочеться знов погортати. а потім ще. тим більше, що прогортати її всю можна хвилин за двадцять. корисна штука на випадок, якщо радість від того, що робиш, десь загубиться.

утім, раз я вже про відчуття радості, від книжки складається враження, що двоє дуже талановитих і загалом класнючих чоловіків сиділ
Asha Seth
Gaiman says, "Make Good Art. I'm serious."
I say, "Read more Gaiman. I'm serious."
This is a cute little book with Neil Gaiman's advice on reading, writing, following your dreams, importance of libraries and librarians, why kids should read, and respecting art, and the illustrator's endeavor into transforming those pieces into sketches.
I thought of doing a picture review so readers get a hint of what to expect from this tiny little enchanter of a book. Obviously, these are pieces that stuck with
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gaiman and Riddell can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a perfect team. A sweet, inspirational set of short essays, illustrated by Riddell. Loved it.
Vivek Tejuja
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been established the world over (if not, then it should be) that Neil Gaiman is one of the most prolific writers that we have, and we must never forget that. In fact, we must cherish what we have every single day and celebrate him by reading more of him, but obviously, day after day.

Art Matters is a collection of his short essays (all previously published individually and collectively in The View from the Cheap Seats) about art, reading, libraries, and why all of it is so important even
Ich kann gar nicht anders als fünf Sterne zu vergeben! Es wurden Zitate aus Gaimans Reden und Essays genommen und von Chris Riddell illustriert. Eine Kombination der Kunst dieser beiden Genies ist unglaublich schön anzusehen und inspirierend <3
Angela Magic Art
Really really good! Its Neil Gaiman inspirational art and creativity short essays. How could I not like it!? Also with Chris Riddell's amazing drawings! I didn't give this 5 stars because I didn't realize that I have read most of these already. Make Good Art, I have read and listened to many times, and Building A Chair I have also read before, and some of the Library Essays. The only part that was new to me was the Freedom of Speech sections in the beginning.-Which I loved! And it is wonderful t ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters"
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a gorgeous, sweet & very very wise little book. Neil Gaiman is someone that should definitely be read & listened to, so if you haven’t already, why not? If you haven’t bought copies of his books for all the young people in your life, why not? Get out there today and remedy that at once! You won’t regret it, and neither will your young ones.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Art matters, because your Imagination not only could change the world, but it would make it better!

L'arte é importante non solo perché la tua immaginazione potrebbe cambiare il mondo, ma perché potrebbe addirittura migliorarlo!
Dec 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
From the library. Really glad I didn’t spend any money on it. Superficial and trite.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want to reread this once a week for the next year.
Angi Plant
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book full of wisdom and great thoughts and beautiful artwork. Immensely enjoyed it.
Eddie Clarke
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This would make a very charming and inspirational Christmas stocking filler for a creative young person.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The words of Neil Gaiman.

The art of Chris Riddell.

Malin Elizabeth
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made me want to become ME, the person I dreamed of being as a child. I want to learn to stop doubting my abilities and do all the creative things I like to do and start the future I tell myself is just a dream. Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell, you just upped your game!
Leah Rachel von Essen
Over the years, Chris Riddell has illustrated a few pieces of speeches and essays by Neil Gaiman, to tremendous effect. This brings four of those pictorial essays together into one lovely, small tome, that discusses art, inspiration, and why we need libraries.
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Carrie Templeton
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I want to share this book with everyone ever.
Justin Lau
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Truly inspiring words from an author and human I deeply respect.
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Abigail  van Roode
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed seeing Chris Riddell illustrate various Neil Gaiman poems and other writings online and was very pleased to get some of them collected in this book. I wish they had included The Day The Saucers Came. Riddell’s illustrations for that were wonderful.
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“It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that society is huge and the individual is less than nothing. But the truth is individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be different.” 8 likes
“The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before” 4 likes
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