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June 09, 2009

Toronto's boyfriend

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Last night's Luminato event An Evening with Neil Gaiman sold out in three minutes. It also most probably resulted in elevated atmospheric estrogen levels in the greater Toronto area; hardly surprising for a city Gaiman calls "his first girlfriend".

Gaiman also name-checks Toronto as one of the first places where he was recognized on the street, and he credits Markham St. comic book store The Beguiling with helping him start doing author readings in the first place.

"The very first public reading I did was organized by The Beguiling, the Toronto comics store in ... I think it was about 1992. They basically said we'd like you to come up and do an event for the Comic Book Legal Defence Fund.

"They had this big old church hall and they sold tickets for it, and I remember I was terrified at the idea that I was going to do this thing. And I did it anyway, because they asked, and I walked out of there going, `Oh my God, I can do this.' And all of the reading tours I've done, they all go back to that one I did in Toronto."

By turns inspiring and irritating, Gaiman is one of those people whose example makes it manifestly obvious I am not working hard enough.

Though on balance I have to credit the fellow. Judging by my ongoing longitudinal correlational study of the subject, Gaiman attracts the kind of women who are attracted to me and who, by happy coincidence, also tend to be the kind of women to whom I am attracted (a characteristic he shares with Trent Reznor, in just a moment it will be clear why I am bringing him up).

Pro tip for single men attending this sort of event: You are the remora. Gaiman is the shark.

I do not have much to add to the Toronto Star piece (linked above). I am only publishing these observations as a segue to pointing out I got to hear Neil Gaiman read from his new Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book whilst Agent Bedhead was cleaning her ceiling fans in Tulsa.

Which is a shame really because I think she would have got more out of it than I did.

Related: Toronto is the world's 4th most livable city, apparently. Which would explain my natural zest. Also, vim.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 9, 2009 08:23 AM

Comments

The Graveyard Book is a great read

Posted by: jdpercifield [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 9, 2009 09:53 AM

If you haven't guessed by now, I've totally been ignoring you for teasing me.

Until now, that is.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 9, 2009 02:47 PM

I was worried I might have crossed the line with the ceiling fan reference.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 9, 2009 07:52 PM

Geez. You act like I clean my ceiling fans every night!

More like the 1st Saturday of every month. Get it straight.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 10, 2009 02:19 AM