If you missed it last night, Young Adult author Neil Gaimon was a guest on the Colbert Report. Colbert must have a taste for young adult literature, since Sherman Alexie was also a recent guest on the show. The interview (Gaimon begins at about the 15 minute mark) is typical Colbert, but it does get at some interesting questions about darkness in children’s stories. Neil Gaimon’s recent Graveyard Book begins with the murder of an entire family–except the infant son, who escapes and is adopted by ghosts. Just picked it up from the library and started reading last night.
I thought the interview was terrific. Also impressive was Colbert’s knowledge of Tolkien.