Art Matters

Book review: Art Matters by Neil Gaiman

Often the best books are the ones recommended by a friend -- That’s how Art Matters landed in our lap. This quick read was both a breath of fresh air and a rousing call to action. With pithy observations, author Neil Gaiman’s stirring manifesto champions the choice to be bold and make art in the face of adversity. 

Gaiman’s essays in Art Matters, charmingly illustrated by artist Chris Riddell, resonate with a message about the power of daydreaming, the value of physical books, and the right to debate. 

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before,” Gaiman writes. “ … Individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be different.”

Exploring creativity and the importance of libraries, Gaiman’s book aligns with our core beliefs at READ Movement: That ideas are contagious, and everything changes when we read. 

By sharing varied perspectives, books help readers to build empathy. Gaiman highlights this, and affirms the ways he sees inventiveness changing the world. He also offers lessons and pitfalls from a freelance life in the arts, and encourages creators to keep pushing boundaries, especially in difficult times.

“If you’re making mistakes, it means you're out there doing something,” he writes.

So dream big, break the rules, and share more books. We’ve already passed this one along to a good friend.


by Mitzi Gordon, 2020

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