So authors like Neil Gaiman, John Grisham, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, Amy Tan and others are going on ebay to get help naming their characters. You too can go bid on ebay for the right to name a character in one of their books.
While the person who wins King's rights will get to name a nasty zombie (are there any other kind?), Gaiman will let the lucky winner name a tombstone.
This stunt, for The First Amendment Project is supposed to raise over $50,000 for charity.
Is this the true intersection of art and commodity? What gets auctioned off next? Characters' destinies? Titles of novels? Literature itself?
Yeah, so it's some kind of noble cause...aren't they all? $50,000 doesn't seem that much when these authors make millions a year.
Aren't there other ways to involve readers into the fight for free speech?