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Art Matters by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Art Matters by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Chris Riddell Title: Art Matters
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Chris Riddell
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group, Headline Review, Hachette Books
ISBN: 9781472260086
Genre: Nonfiction
Pages: 112
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 stars

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 more so in today’s time and age.

I love what Gaiman writes, and even though I’d read these pieces earlier, with Chris Riddell’s illustrations, they seemed different, more invigorating, and captivating to say the least. There is something about the power of the written word, isn’t it? That’s what this book is about primarily – about words, reading, and how the world can be changed, one book at a time.

Of course, the piece that stands out for me is Make Good Art, in which Gaiman talks to us about how he started writing books, how to do what you really want to do, push boundaries, and be what you set out to be. Yes, it does sound self-help like and maybe it is, but coming from Gaiman, everything is great and achievable and inspiring.

I am not saying this as a fanboy, it’s just that this book really inspires you to step out and make good art. And not to forget that the Make Good Art piece has come from his commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts in May 2012, which I am linking below. The illustrations by Chris Riddell are as usual stupendous and go hand in glove with Gaiman’s prose. Though, I would love to see how this book comes alive in colour as well. Maybe, even a graphic version of these four pieces and more.

Make Good Art just makes you want to go out there and create. Be it anything. A sentence even, or just those two hundred words you’ve been telling yourself you will write, or the composition you are stuck at, or when you feel that you just cannot create anything, this book will at least inspire if nothing else. Read this. Read it again like me, if you have already read them. The illustrations and the reminding of what great art can do is absolutely worth the experience.

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Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders

Lost in Translation Title: Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World
Author: Ella Frances Sanders
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 9781607747109
Genre: Non-Fiction, Language
Pages: 120
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5

Every emotion has a word. Maybe sometimes language does not fail us. We just need to look beyond our comprehension and beyond the way we perceive the world to be. There are so many times when I see people making fun of languages all around me and specifically that of Indian languages and of course by Indians themselves. Maybe this book is for all of them who cannot understand the beauty of any language and words and meaning in them.



In life, there are times when maybe you just need the perfect word for the way you feel or for the way things are. Language then doesn’t matter. “Lost in Translation” is the perfect cure for those times. It is a beautifully illustrated compendium of untranslatable words in the world and of course it does not cover all the words, but whatever it does, it just manages to melt the heart and leave that smile on your face for the longest time.

It has words such as “Luftmensch” which refers to someone who is a bit of a dreamer and literally means “air person”. It also contains “Jugaad” with quite a cute illustration to go with. The illustrations in the book are also something else – they are flighty and frivolous and encompass all life and beauty.

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“Lost in Translation” is a book that will make you see beyond your world and embrace the newness of other words on your tongue. I pronounced each and every word and after a while, I felt like I could feel the emotion. This is one book you will not regret owning and will cherish for a very long time to come.

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