Neil Gaiman's A Calendar of Tales

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Neil Gaiman's most recent project is a fascinating collaboration with millions of fans. In February, Gaiman tweeted twelve questions, one for each month of the year, and received hundreds of thousands of responses. From those responses he picked his favorite answers, and wrote twelve short stories in response to each tweet. He then asked people to contribute art to illustrate the stories. The result is a magical interactive book, that includes audio versions (read by Gaiman) and an assortment of artwork from contributors, all housed on a lovely site that scrolls by month. You can also download a PDF version (in fact a gorgeous print version does exist as well, but only in limited copies). This project is backed by Blackberry; it's a bit disconcerting to see an ad in the midst of this creative project. But hey, Blackberry has to spend their money on something, and this is a pretty brilliant form of advertising. (They also partnered with Alicia Keys and Robert Rodriguez on other projects.) Check out the site here and download a copy here. What makes this project so exciting is that A Calendar of Tales is a huge step towards a new kind of book. It feels like the tip of the iceberg...

@neilhimself asked: “Why is January so dangerous?” @zyblonius replied: “Because an aging veteran just retired, to be replaced by a dangerously unqualified youth, no more than a babe in arms.”  

@neilhimself asked: “Why is January so dangerous?”

@zyblonius replied: “Because an aging veteran just retired, to be replaced by a dangerously unqualified youth, no more than a babe in arms.”

 

@neilhimself asked: “What's the strangest thing that ever happened to you in February?” @TheAstralGypsy  replied: “Met a girl on beach, searching for her grandma's pendant, lost 50 years ago. I had it, found previous Feb.”  

@neilhimself asked: “What's the strangest thing that ever happened to you in February?”

@TheAstralGypsy  replied: “Met a girl on beach, searching for her grandma's pendant, lost 50 years ago. I had it, found previous Feb.”

 

@neilhimself asked: “What is the weirdest gift you've ever been given in May?” @StarlingV  replied: “An anonymous Mother’s Day gift. Think about that for a moment.”  

@neilhimself asked: “What is the weirdest gift you've ever been given in May?”

@StarlingV  replied: “An anonymous Mother’s Day gift. Think about that for a moment.”

 

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