This month I decided to reread Neil Gaiman’s American Gods to prepare for the upcoming television adaptation (debuting April 30th on Starz in the U.S.). Because I have a long commute, I listened to the audiobook American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production).
If you haven’t read American Gods, I highly recommend it. Neil Gaiman is my favorite living author, and this novel is one of his best. (I think The Ocean at the End of the Lane is my favorite.)
For those not familiar with this lengthy work, I will sum it up thusly:
The gods of the old world, who were brought to America’s shores by its immigrant population over the centuries, are forced to contend for their existence in a country where belief is in short supply. They must face off against a host of new gods, the product of American culture and the electronic age.
As a result, I started thinking a lot about belief. I’ve always been what I consider “rational,” devoted to facts. If you make an extraordinary claim, I’m likely to demand proof. I actually consider myself a skeptic. But there’s another side of me, one that exists along side the rational, which is open to a world of possibilities.
“I can believe things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.”
~ Samantha Black Crow, American Gods
My biography on social media (and this website) states that I believe in “heroes, magic, aliens, time travel, and infinite realities.” But that’s only the beginning. As Samantha Black Crow says to Shadow in American Gods, “I can believe things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.”