Gaiman, Rushdie and Byatt on Magic

Via Neil Gaiman’s Twitter feed we learned of a broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio entitled “The Uses of Enchantment.” Being mainstream journalism, it starts with a long interview with someone who believes that fairies are real, but the rest of the program is taken up with interviews with Gaiman, Salman Rushdie and A.S Byatt on why they use magic in their fiction. It is good stuff, and especially interesting in that Rushdie has very similar ideas about old deities to those that Gaiman uses in American Gods. You can listen to it here.