Neil Gaiman is helping out the Hobbit pub in Southampton UK in their fight againt Sauron, uh, I mean Saul Zaentz.
It’s a long story, the pub was threatened with a lawsuit for copyright infrigement by the Saul Zaentz Company who own the rights to Lord of the Rings related merchandise and have gotten into a dick swinging competition with New Line Cinema. The end result is that they’re trying to squash small businesses to make their much bigger legal action have some iota of credibility. Neil is doing a skype Q and A for the pub so anyone that can should check it out.
Neil Gaiman is awesome. Saul Zaentz is the opposite of Batman.
Stuck in Japan and drudging through the few tattered left behind paper backs of other English teachers, Crash came out of nowhere. Erotic descriptions that slip from caressing skin and scars to chrome and jutting steering columns and back again without skipping a beat. The prose here is hypnotizing.
Such fearless writing I haven’t come across since Chuck Palanhiuk and Crash was published 23 years before his debut. And they made a film of this? Even if it was David Lynch, Jesus, they couldn’t have come close to replicating this material without arousing the industrial hackles of every censor on the planet.
I liked it, utterly committed writing that hooks, disturbs and arouses. I have no doubt I will now have to tear through all his other novels at an alarming velocity.