They are the rock stars of the strange, the not-so-secret masters of social media and the couple that millions of people really want to be friends with. Their lives are cooler than yours in nearly every way but here’s the good part and the secret of their success: they want everyone to share it with them.
Neil Gaiman writes comics, stories, novels, poems, songs, movies and whatever else amuses him, and is at the level in his career where his grocery lists have a fair chance of hitting the New York Times bestseller list. (Although to be fair, they would probably be brilliant and bring tears to your eyes even as you laugh, and you would never look at the world or grocery stores in quite the same way again…)
Amanda Palmer is an indie musician-performer-artist-art advocate-author who used social media to begin building her audience back when it was mailing lists and phone numbers. She regularly inspires, delights and really annoys people — sometimes the same people — and seems determined to see how many ways she can connect with people and create and sell art besides the traditional methods.
And because they have had terrible Valentine’s Days so far in their married life, they decided the best way to avoid another one was to invite a thousand people to share it with them as they read and sang sad things. It worked. And here’s what happened. (For a review that actually includes information about what was said and sang, try this one. And Amanda posted the set list here.)