address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He spoke about his own
journey to success as a writer, and offered his advice to the graduating class
on how they too can go out into the world and continue to create art. Gaiman’s
speech was so inspiring that the YouTube video went viral and has nearly half a million combined views (it’s been posted more
Gaiman’s fantastic speech is now available in a keepsake
edition, beautifully designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd. It’s
gorgeous. When Make Good Art arrived on my desk a few weeks ago (seeing finished books before they’re on
sale: one of the perks of the job!) I stopped everything and paged through it, cover
to cover. Ah, now this is what it means to be a book: heavy paper stock, words
on every page that ring true, a jacket design that insists on looking you full
in the face (none of this spine-out nonsense). Clearly, Make Good Art was written to be read aloud, because I found myself
reciting bits to myself as I turned the pages.
It’s natural to suggest Make
Good Art as a gift for any graduate in your life. But this book would be
just as apt a present for someone taking a new job, buying a new home, moving
to a new town, or switching relationship status. Gaiman’s words are as
encouraging as they are inspiring. After I read this book, I had the
overwhelming feeling that everything was going to be alright.
I remember when my older cousin gave me Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree as a gift from high
school graduation. More than 20 years later, I still have the copy that she
inscribed for me. After I read Make Good
Art, I could imagine myself inscribing copies of Gaiman’s book to the
generations behind me, for years to come.
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