Kazuo Ishiguro and Neil Gaiman. Illustration: Tim McDonagh. In the New Statesman

Kazuo Ishiguro and Neil Gaiman on the resurgence of fantasy

Kazuo Ishiguro and Neil Gaiman. Illustration: Tim McDonagh. In the New Statesman
Kazuo Ishiguro and Neil Gaiman. Illustration: Tim McDonagh. In the New Statesman

I’m not suggesting we’re necessarily being manipulated by some sinister government or anything; it’s just there in society. Parents will naturally discourage children once they get to a certain age from continuing with the fantasy element in their lives; schools will, too. It becomes taboo in the society at large.

Maybe the reason it’s been loosening up, and the stigma is going away to some extent in the last 25 years or so, is that the nature of our capitalist enterprise has changed. We’re no longer factory workers, white-collar workers, soldiers, and so on. And with the advent of blue-sky thinking, the new tech industries that have led the way in the last two decades seem to require some kind of imagination. Perhaps people are beginning to think there is some economic use in actually allowing us to indulge in what was once deemed childish fantasy. I sound like some sort of Seventies sociology professor, but I feel there’s something in this.

– Kazuo Ishiguro, in conversation with Neil Gaiman

So much to love about the whole thing, I feel excerpting just this bit is actually a bit unfair!

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