Today we discussed Neil Gaiman’s article from The Guardian: Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading, and Daydreaming.
We talked about his idea of fiction as the “gateway drug” of reading, that fiction creates empathy, and a little about how this article connects to F451 and why it might be a decent bridge between our dystopia unit and the poetry unit (e.g. Gaiman, like Bradbury, suggests implicitly that reading is a kind of dystopia vaccine. Preventative medicine).
But we didn’t get to talk about his Twelve Obligations. I’m pulling them out here for your reference, if you’re interested. I’d be happy to talk about these more. I think they’re powerful and important obligations that we all have–perhaps writers and teachers and librarians most of all.