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Neil Gaiman Surprises TX Fans by Reading from ‘Good Omens’ Script

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Neil Gaiman surprises readers in one of the best ways possible, a new Tehran bookstore may indeed be the world’s largest, and more in today’s Daily Blunt.

Attendees at a special two-hour performance by Neil Gaiman in Dallas, Texas, received an unexpected treat: The author ended up using the event to tease Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of Good Omens, the book he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett back in 1990. Welcoming fans behind the scenes of the new series, Gaiman read aloud from scenes that had been cut from the script, promising that we’d know more about the show’s cast in just a few more days. This is the first update about the Good Omens limited series since the BBC and Amazon originally announced in January, with its arrival earmarked for 2018.

Is Tehran’s new Book Garden now the world’s largest bookstore? That’s the claim, and despite Iran’s fondness for literary censorship, the store boasts 400,000 titles. The new complex (which includes academic lecture halls, screening rooms, and an outdoor park for reading) has been thirteen years in the making, and may take the official Guinness world record away from NYC’s Fifth Avenue Barnes & Noble location, which has been “world’s largest” since 1999.

Despite what you may have heard in some news reports, “True Blood” actor Nelsan Ellis’s family wants everyone to know the real cause of his untimely death was withdrawal from alcohol, which introduced fatal complications when Ellis attempted to beat his addiction without medical assistance. The family hopes sharing this information will help those trying to beat their own addiction, who might not realize the dangers of going it alone. “Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life,” their statement reads. His tragic death shows how the shame and stigma associated with addiction may claim as many lives as the substance itself.

Speaking of those we’ve lost, Quartz wants to know: Should the living listen when a dead writer’s will specifies that their unfinished works be destroyed? Citing notable posthumous works by Franz Kafka and Edward Albee, the article explores the legal and moral ins and outs of the issue, ultimately landing (ever so slightly) on the side of preserving the unfinished works, especially in the case of Albee: “The people want to read the play. And anyway, who’s afraid of dead writers?”