Who Killed Amanda Palmer: A Collection of Photographic Evidence, with stories by Neil Gaiman – Here’s another book I’ve owned for a while but hadn’t fully checked out until recently. Actually, Beth bought it for me at a concert on my thirty-second birthday. I told Amanda it was my birthday, and she drew a cake next to one of the pictures. Anyway, the book is intended as a companion to the album of the same name. It’s mostly made up of photographs showing Amanda posing as a corpse, but as the byline indicates there are some fragmentary pieces of prose by her now-husband Neil Gaiman. These pieces tend to be quite short and enigmatic, and encompass a variety of styles. Definitely an interesting item for anyone who’s a fan of Amanda’s.
I’ve noticed that Amanda sometimes seems to be a rather polarizing figure, which is a little odd as I wouldn’t think she’s famous enough that people who didn’t like couldn’t just ignore her. I wrote a few years back about the controversy caused by a tweet of hers about product placement that mentioned the Ku Klux Klan. I’ve also seen people who were fans of Neil’s but not Amanda’s thinking he was making a mistake in marrying her, which I think is the only time I’ve actually seen anyone feel sorry for a guy marrying a girl sixteen years his junior. If anything, it’s generally the other way ’round. Finally, I noticed a few search strings that resulted in people finding my blog involved Amanda and Neil being Scientologists, which actually isn’t totally out of left field. While Neil is from a Jewish family, his parents were indeed quite involved with Dianetics, at least according to what I’ve read online. I believe he’s denied still being a Scientologist, however, and isn’t it much more common for celebrities involved in Scientology to never shut up about it rather than to keep it under wraps? And I can’t say I know anything at all about Amanda’s religious beliefs, aside from that she practices meditation, which isn’t even necessarily religious. You can like or hate Amanda as you see fit, but I tend to doubt she’s shilling for Xenu. Really, I can’t help but feel that some of the flak Amanda gets is directed more at her super-devoted fans than at her personally.