Book TV

It has been noted before that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are among the top venues for authors touting books. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Neil Gaiman appeared on Colbert the other day to talk about his Newbery Award-winning "Graveyard Book." What was surprising was Stephen Colbert's ability to quote a long passage from J.R.R. Tolkien about Tom Bombadil (Gaiman's least-favorite character, it turns out).

It's almost as impressive as the time Colbert out-Shakespeared Stephen Greenblatt.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  March 19, 2009; 3:58 PM ET
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Unbelievable. The Post promotes a show for which they have no affiliation, and Viacom pulls the vid.

"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Viacom International Inc."

Posted by: Incredulous2 | March 19, 2009 9:10 PM

Sorry about that. I took down the video and put up a link to the video on the show's site instead.

Posted by: rhshea | March 20, 2009 10:59 AM

I was really amused by the clip when I saw it a few days ago. I always prefer when the guests on "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show" are writers, simply because they usually have much more interesting things to say than actors promoting a new film or politicians blahing. I think these shows are a pretty great venue for advertising interesting books and getting viewers to hear about a wider world than just television and movies. I'm all for it. Plus, you know, Stewart and Colbert are hilarious.

Posted by: Biblibio | March 21, 2009 4:16 PM

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