Neil Gaiman Live Reading the Cheesecake Factory Menu: Critical Linking, May 24, 2017

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At last, the proof America needs that Twitter isn’t just entirely awful: Thanks to the social media platform, British novelist Neil Gaiman has agreed to a live performance of the entire Cheesecake Factory menu. And, to the delight of lovers of fantasy writing and comically large menus, the absurd mashup is really happening — providing those fans can raise $500,000 on Crowdrise to donate to the UNHCR, the United Nation’s refugee agency.

Oh, Sara Benincasa. I love your brain.

An insider account of the HIV/Aids epidemic hailed by Edmund White as “epoch-making” has scooped a major prize for LGBTQ+ writing. David France’s How to Survive a Plague tells the story of how a grassroots movement of activists, some of whom faced their own struggle with the illness, forced through legal and scientific change that turned HIV from an almost certain death sentence to a manageable disease where drugs are available.

The Green Carnation award was given to France’s How to Survive a Plague, based on his Academy Award-nominated 2012 film of the same name.

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Top of the Lake) is teaming with BBC America and Annapurna Television to develop a limited series adaptation of period drama Fever based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel, with Moss set to star. Moss, who additionally holds the rights to the novel, will also serve as an executive producer on the project.

Someone knows how to pick her projects.

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