Neil Gaiman’s Inspiring Commencement Address (Video)

For any creative person who needs some motivation, whether a college graduate or not, Gaiman’s 2012 commencement address to Philadelphia’s University of the Arts is well worth viewing. It comes down to this: Make. Good. Art.”


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  1. Ronniedobbs | May 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm |$

  2. What. About. Rent.

  3. you can have a shitty life doing something you don’t want just for the $ (and never become rich either) or you can figure out a way to at least pay basic bills and still have enough time to do what you want. everyone dies anyway, but at least you’ll have done something worth being alive for

  4. Mr Willow | May 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm |

    Not terribly often that I quote the Christian Bible, however, I find this most apt, particularly in response to those who express cynicism toward the arts and would disparage those who choose to pursue them: 

    For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
    — Mark 8:36

  5. Unless your parents are bankrolling your education or you’re on a scholarship, stay away from art school.. Student loans are paralyzing. It’s like a mortgage MINUS the house.

  6. nipsvontwist | May 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm |

    Gaiman is my favorite fantasy writer at the moment. It makes me happy to see him inspiring so many people. His contributions to humanity will not go unnoticed by me.

  7. Toads – P LarkinWhy should I let the toad work
    Squat on my life?
    Can’t I use my wit as a pitchfork
    And drive the brute off?

    Six days of the week it soils
    With its sickening poison –
    Just for paying a few bills!
    That’s out of proportion.

    Lots of folk live on their wits:
    Lecturers, lispers,
    Losers, loblolly-men, louts-
    They don’t end as paupers;

    Lots of folk live up lanes
    With fires in a bucket,
    Eat windfalls and tinned sardines-
    They seem to like it.

    Their nippers have got bare feet,
    Their unspeakable wives
    Are skinny as whippets – and yet
    No one actually _starves_.

    Ah, were I courageous enough
    To shout, Stuff your pension!
    But I know, all too well, that’s the stuff
    That dreams are made on:

    For something sufficiently toad-like
    Squats in me, too;
    Its hunkers are heavy as hard luck,
    And cold as snow,

    And will never allow me to blarney
    My way of getting
    The fame and the girl and the money
    All at one sitting.

    I don’t say, one bodies the other
    One’s spiritual truth;
    But I do say it’s hard to lose either,
    When you have both.

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