1. Neil Gaiman answered readers’ questions about James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks for the Wall Street Journal's Book Club. Here is his response to the submission: “Was James Thurber thinking of pleasing the reader when he wrote this story, or was he writing for pure joy, to please himself?.”  In the answer, Gaiman describes his Stardust as being the most similar to The 13 Clocks of all his books, touches on issues of genre, and shouts out Sylvia Townsend Warner.

    You can watch the full conversation here.

  2. There’s was a lot of excitement at the office yesterday when we discovered that Robert Sheckley has two big fans. And we are fans of his fans. We also liked the “five minutes of us burbling,” though wished it was “five minutes of blurbling” for Store of the Worlds: The Short Stories of Robert Sheckley, edited and introduced by Jonathan Lethem and Alex Abramovich and due out May 1st. 

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    Mr Gaiman and Mr Hodgman continue their conversation about Audio Books. Here they talk about the upcoming audiobook release of Robert Sheckley’s DIMENSION OF MIRACLES and why it sometimes feels like a strange cross between Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy AND Mad Men at the same time.

    (It’s about five minutes of us burbling.)

  3. Neil Gaiman on The Simpsons

    Neil Gaiman is going to be on The Simpsons this Sunday, and if you think animation and Gaiman go hand-in-hand we highly recommend this animated video of James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks from B&N.com. Gaiman narrates the video, and wrote the introduction to our book. Here’s the first the first couple sentences from his introduction: “This book, the one you are holding, The 13 Clocks by James Thurber, is probably the best book in the world. And if it’s not the best book, then it’s still very much like nothing anyone has ever seen before, and, to the best of my knowledge, no one’s ever really seen anything like it since.”

    http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5/In-the-Margin/James-Thurber-Meets-Neil-Gaiman-The-Thirteen-Clocks-Video/ba-p/6083

  4. Happy Halloween from Neil Gaiman and James Thurber →

    Barnes and Noble Review and BN.com put together this lovely animation of James Thurber’s fractured fairytale, The Thirteen Clocks. Neil Gaiman, who selected the book to be animated, narrates.

    The film was developed by the creative department at Team Detroit, under Toby Barlow’s leadership and animated by Nola Pictures.