Thoughts on “American Gods: My Ainsel” by Neil Gaiman: Issue 01

This series has been on a long hiatus, but is finally back. While the artwork is not the best, the writing and the storyline are both excellent. But then again, I have not read anything by Neil Gaiman that I did not like.

There are a couple passages in this issue that are worth mentioning.

The really dangerous people believe that they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do.

I agree 100%. The pages of history are filled with stories of self-righteous fanatics who committed heinous acts because they were somehow convinced that they were doing the right thing. And this continues to this day. Any social or political issue that is contentious will have people convinced that they are on the right side of the argument, and will use that belief to justify their behaviors and actions.

There’s our bookstore. What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.

I am grateful that I live in a city that boasts several very good bookstores, and I try to support them as much as my finances allow. But just knowing they are there, being able to go in, peruse the aisles, get a coffee, is important to me. There is just something about a bookstore that fosters a connection, for me anyway. I feel that when I am in a bookstore, I am surrounded by kindred spirits.

Anyway, not much more to share about this. Hope you have an inspiring day, and get thee to your local bookstore soon.


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6 responses to “Thoughts on “American Gods: My Ainsel” by Neil Gaiman: Issue 01

  1. Some nice nuggets from Neil! I also like going to bookstores and I hope they survive the Amazon and eBook markets. Have a great day, Jeff!

    • Amazon is a tough competitor, but movie theaters have survived Netflix and DVD/BluRay, so I suspect that bookstores will survive. But some may need to adjust their business models. For example, Barnes & Noble have expanded vinyl record selection, board games, gift items, etc. Smaller indie stores highlight having authors speak and do book signings, which is always a big draw. As far as eBooks – not my fav. I like real books. I will not pay for an eBook, ever. I have occasionally read them, but only freebies in the public domain. Also not a fan of audio books. But hey, that’s me 🙂

      As always, thanks for your thoughtful comments. Cheers!

  2. I briefly interacted with some ‘spiritual’ Americans who seemed to be connected with politicians in the US (invited to galas, etc.). They seemed to use Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy to justify the idea of manifest destiny.

    Another American, a professor, once put it more responsibly, I felt. She said that with great power comes great responsibility. Both the achievements and the mistakes tend to be bigger, more visible and subject to media attention.

    Myself, I don’t identify with Canadians who do not realize how we actually need a great democratic power like the US. Otherwise rogue nations would overtake us in a flash.

    • Yeah, but for me, I think of South American dictators, Nazis, colonial Britain, and even going back to the Romans. I suspect they all thought what they were doing was right and justified. The key here is to honestly evaluate your actions and motives, a skill which historically seems to be in short supply.

      As always, thanks for your thoughtful comments!! Cheers.