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The Price, Neil Gaiman, and a Project


I’ve slowly been making my way through Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors, which is (according to the tagline) a collection of short fictions and illusions. Like all things, some illusions are founded in truth or reflect it.

“The Price” is no exception. It is loosely based on an occasion where Gaiman had taken in a stray cat. Being a person who has done that her entire life, that warmed my heart a bit. This was, of course, no ordinary cat. I won’t spoil it for you, if you haven’t read it. (Pssst, Rosebud was a sled.)

But I will tell you about a project. A man named Christopher Salmon wants to make an animated version of this story. Neil Gaiman blogged about this (and no, he is not gaining anything personally from this). And that’s where you come in. Yes, you. And you. And the other you, back against the wall. (What are you wearing? Is that a bowler hat?)

The project is being funded through something called Kickstarter. It’s an amazing thing where artists can get the funding that they cannot get anywhere. It’s where YOU become the backer. You have a hand in something. A few months earlier, Amanda Palmer used it to fund an amazing piano talent’s, Tristan, first record.

You can read Neil’s blog entry here. If you can, donate. Even if it’s five dollars. Even if it’s two. Spread the word around, please. I’d really like to see this get made.

On an entirely unrelated note, does anyone have an idea when Boston Review is going to post the winner of the poetry contest? It was supposed to be on the 1st. I can’t find the winner anywhere. Not that I’m expecting to win. But I’d like to know.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I am in desperate need of more coffee.

  1. November 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Ali, send your questions to portales55@gmail.com


  2. Andrea
    November 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I think it’s fitting that I read this blog entry today. It would seem like stray cats are all around lately. I really hope this film gets made! I’d love to see it.

    • Ali
      November 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

      Ha! That is perfect timing, considering your cat story. I hope the film gets made, too. 🙂

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