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You always have this Platonic beautiful ideal of a book in your head, and then you write something which isn’t as good as that,” he said. “The Graveyard Book’ is the first time I’ve had a Platonic ideal of a book and written the thing and looked at the book and said, ‘You know, I think you’re better than the thing I set out to write.’

Neil Gaiman’s ‘Graveyard Book’ Wins Newbery Medal - (via hardlikealgebra)