31 October 2006

Most Gloriously Afraid

In today's Times there's the most gorgeous Op-Ed piece by Neil Gaiman (which I've saved as a word file to keep after the seven-day expiration of the article online). I suppose it's about the beauty and necessity of ghost stories, at least on the surface, but it's completely irreducible. I don't know if I'd forgotten what a brilliant writer he is, or what - too much American Gods, not enough Smoke and Mirrors? - but you definitely don't expect this sort of grace in a Halloween Op-Ed piece:

Ghosts in the Machines

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