. . . and apparently gets into a lot of hot water for doing so. Even before people in Chicago knew that Neil Gaiman was giving the 2012 Sutherland Lecture, they were talking about kooky Matt Dean, the Minnesota legislator who announced that he "hated" Gaiman (whether the books or the man he did not make clear), called the author a "pencil-necked weasel," and accused him of "stealing" $45,000, the fee Gaiman received for a speech, from the state.
What is up with Republicans? When they're not trying to monkey with the laws of supply and demand, as above, they keep busy legislating health care. Ayn Rand is crying in hell, and the fact that Gaiman donated his fee to charity only makes her feel worse. (I'm kind of with her there. I'm sorry Gaiman felt compelled to tell us how he spent the money--who cares?) If somebody wants to pay me $45,000 for a speech, I'll gladly take it and do my utmost to push those dollars swiftly back into our flatlined economy. Dentists, opticians, roofers rejoice!