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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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From: ex_synecdoch550 Date: September 24th, 2004 05:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I apologize for jumping on an old post (again) but I thought you might also find this interesting-- it is from Neil Gaiman's blog, responding to students who write to him asking if their interpretations and such are alright. It is interesting to have a fiction author's perspective on the "did the author mean it" question:


And the answer to all of them is honestly, I think you can all write your essays without me. Pretend I'm a dead author. I won't mind. I promise I'll never come to your place of education and say, in the hearing of your teachers, "You do not understand me or my work! Your essay on the solar myth and rebirth in Sandman and American Gods with especial reference to the pagan themes and the use of Pan in the works of Kenneth Grahame was utterly and completely wrong. Hah!" Honest I won't. (Remember, in such essays you don't have to be right. Just convincing.
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