I’m sure this article was meant as one of those amusing little curiosities that newspapers use as a buffer between the more serious stuff. But I find it rather depressing.

A group of writers, including John Grisham and Stephen King, is holding a charity auction. The highest bidders will be able to select character names for their upcoming books. In the case of King, they can also provide a description of the character, although "a buyer who wants to die must in this case be female".

That part is rather fun (in King’s usual style). However, the beneficiary of the auction is the First Amendment. Specifically, all proceeds go to the First Amendment Project, a nonprofit legal group which defends everyone’s right to free speech.

It’s just rather sad that we need a charity fund raiser to support our Constitutional rights.