So That’s Where He Got the Title ….

There have been numerous speculations as to where and why creator Charlie Brooker named his dystopian TV series BLACK MIRROR. Obviously the speculators are not Neil Gaiman readers and/or have never seen the SANDMAN graphic novels written by Mr. Gaiman.

Cuz in the SANDMAN graphic novel “A Doll’s House” I found the following quote: … “a black mirror, made to reflect everything about itself that humanity will not confront …. “

I know Mr. Brooker respects and admires Mr. Gaiman’s work because he asked the author to write an episode for BLACK MIRROR (Mr. Gaiman has written several eps of the British sci-fi series “Doctor Who”). However, according to reliable sources (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase) he begged off due to an already heavy workload.  I blush to admit I had already watched all three seasons on Netflix before I realized this.



Depression and Neil Gaiman


I didn’t get off the couch till after the noon hour. I guess I didn’t have the energy to chase away that big black dog. 

Let me explain.

I’ve been reading Neil Gaiman’s short story collection Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances  and in one of the stories a big black dog is used as a metaphor for depression.

I don’t have what they like to call “clinical depression” (whoever “they” are.) I mean, I can leave my apartment.  As a single male, I have to get groceries, do my laundry, pay my bills and generally maintain. 

I probably get enough exercise too. I don’t have a car or a valid driver’s licence so I have to walk everywhere I go.

Still,  it has been a challenge lately just to put down Jaime Hernandez’ LOCAS and do the things I need to do to prolong my life span. (I know the majority of the 600 plus page book is from the late 80s and 90s but I just discovered it in our local library a few weeks ago, after reading a copy of Love and Rockets. I love the part where Hopey, addicted to tagging but having promised her mother that she would give up graffiti, spots a clean white wall, “the adobe Dick of white walls”. I also like Mr. Hernandez’ choice of music. “Teenage Kicks” by the Undertones is one of my favorite singles, too.)

I would write some more but typing this out has made me really sleepy and  more than a little bummed out ……..