Gaiman’s fame pain

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Neil Gaiman is that rarest of beasts: a fa­mous liv­ing nov­el­ist. The au­thor of Amer­i­can Gods and Co­ra­line is sel­dom out of the best­seller lists, and his black-clad, gothic style and lugubri­ous face make him more recog­nis­able than most lit­er­ary fig­ures. But he’s not thrilled about this. “I used to be ex­actly fa­mous enough,” he told Hay­ley Camp­bell in The Ob­server. “From 1992 un­til around 2008 I was never fa­mous enough to get a fancy seat in a restau­rant, but if I needed to talk to some­body, they would take my calls. Now I am some­body who is recog­nised in the street. I [no longer] feel like I’m an ami­able in­vis­i­ble per­son ob­serv­ing life, but not part of it, w which is how I like bein be­ing as a writer.” Even h his sales fig­ures can’t ch cheer him up. “There’s no noth­ing like study­ing the be best­seller lists of by­gone years for teach­ingtea an au­thora hu hu­mil­ity. To To­day’s be best­sellers arear to­mor­row’sto fo for­got­ten thi things.”

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