Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fear of Buttons???

It's been a big couple of weeks for Neil Gaiman. First he won the Newbery Award for The Graveyard Book. Then the movie "Coraline" -- produced by local Laika studio and based on Gaiman's book -- was released to large acclaim. The movie uses incredible stop-motion animation to tell Coraline's story. Watch here as Gaiman talks about koumpounophobia, or the fear of buttons. Who knew such a thing actually existed? I used to work with a woman who hated buttons, but I don't know if it extended to the point of phobia. Turns out, this phobia afflicts 1 in 75,000 people. I would discourage them from going to see the movie. But I would encourage anyone in the mood to read a book by Neil Gaiman to come see us at Broadway Books!

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