Neil Gaiman takes on a very timely topic, in the week that saw the superb Tomorrowland cruelly tossed aside at the behest of cynical and uncomprehending critics. Gaiman’s “How Stories Last” is a new and lengthy Long Now Foundation talk, followed by a one-to-one discussion with Stewart Brand. Free audio .mp3 (190Mb).

Neil’s talk explores the way stories, myths and tales survive over great lengths of time, such as the 10,000-year span of the Long Now Foundation, and why creating for the future means making works that will endure within the oral tradition.