The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.
Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?
We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.
They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth."
Yes. And as a matter of fact i do. You know how we all know he’s a giant puzzle enthusiast?
I blogged about it a few months ago. He was trying to finish a 12,000 puzzle piece of the Creation Of Adam. I know he was struggling a little with it cos he likes to have a whiskey you see, when he’s doing it, and obviously the tipsier he got, well, the more he fucked it up. But i think he managed to do it. It takes him so long you see, because he works a lot so i think the Creation took him about 18 months in the end.
But in NYC they are secretly getting together the famous people who like doing Puzzles. It’s a secret group called Puzzles For The Prestigious (AKA P4TP) And they gather, once a year, in a secret location and try out the years new and biggest puzzle. I believe this year it’s this;
I know Benedict bagsied doing the panda face and Jupiter. You can put your name down at which bit you’re going to attempt first. I think Quinto has got his eyes on the marine life bit. He’s not fussed which. Patrick Stewart likes doing space ones so he’s made it very clear that that part is well and truly HIS.
So that’s happening over the course of this week. They can nip in if they please. Apparently Benedict’s been literally RUNNING to his sessions because he just loves it so fucking much. And i admire that sort of excitable behaviour and it’s a shame he doesn’t speak about something he loves so passionately.
So there we have it. I’m sure they wont mind if i tell you all but it’s between me and you, ok?