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  1. #1 Neil Gaiman on politics, porn, and Nazis 
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    Neil Gaiman on politics, porn, and Nazis

    Neil Gaiman first started coming to America nearly four decades ago, cloaked in obscurity and the smog that wreathed the New York City of the early 1980s. It wasn’t until 1987 that the place truly came alive for the Englishman, showing its potential as a home and a backdrop for rich storytelling.

    Thirteen years later came the novel “American Gods,” about the old deities immigrants brought to America, the new ones looking to replace them, and the ex-con widower caught up in the middle of it all.
    And now, just about 17 years later, “American Gods” will be the first of Gaiman’s novels to be turned into an American TV series. The TV version, with “Hannibal” adapter Bryan Fuller at the helm and starring Ian McShane as Odin and Ricky Whittle as Shadow, the aforementioned ex-con, premieres April 30 on Starz.

    Starz found success turning a fan-beloved book into a TV show with Scottish time-travel romance “Outlander” (based on Diana Gabaldon’s book series of the same name), and looks to be repeating the formula with “American Gods.” Fuller’s work on “Hannibal” felt like he was creating the most beautiful nightmare you’ve ever had, and he’s putting those skills to excellent use in rendering Gaiman’s surreal world, in which women shove worshipping men whole into their vaginas. (It’s a love goddess thing.)

    What’s odd is that, with “American Gods,” Gaiman set out to write a book that couldn’t be turned into a movie or series. “I had written film scripts and was very tired of writing 120-page stories that were comprehensible to studio executives,” Gaiman tells VICE News. “I wanted to write something big and weird and put everything I thought and felt about America in there, and everything I didn’t understand about America; it seemed like this was something that could only be a novel.”

    But the intervening years between the novel’s publication and its debut in a new medium have made the translation possible. The author spoke with VICE News about immigration, the double-edged sword of technology, and gay porn.

    The conversation has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

    VICE News: The major conflict in the material comes from there not being enough belief to go around, sparking a war between the old gods like Odin and new gods like Media and the Technical Boy. But these days, it feels like a large number of Americans no longer believe in anything.

    Neil Gaiman: The thing that baffles me mostly now is, stuff that I wrote 17 years ago that I did not think was in the slightest bit contentious suddenly is. Like the idea that immigration is a good thing. That people have been coming to America from all over the world for years and years, voluntarily and involuntarily, and bringing wonderful things with them, and making this country richer — I didn’t think that was open to debate. I didn’t think it was in any way contentious having characters from all different beliefs and cultures and skin tones, because that makes America. I didn’t think it would be contentious having a mixed-race lead, because that is America.

    All of that stuff, which seems to me the least controversial stuff in the world… I’m seeing headlines now like, “Is ‘American Gods’ the most political series of 2017?” Maybe we are, but these are truths that I thought we held as self-evident, as the phrase goes. We were describing the world we saw, and we’re now running into people that have other beliefs.

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    Gaiman is always interesting. I'll have to remember when I come here to Bolt on April 31st to look for the first episode of American Gods.
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