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So I've got a little story for you about this Amtrak Residency thing (warning: this story may contain images of violence commited by Thomas Pynchon and 3 card monty). [View the story "#AmtrakResidency" on Storify]
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  It’s Banned Books Week! Did you know my first novel, THE JEWEL OF MEDINA, has been banned in several countries including Malaysia and, when I went there in 2011, Egypt? Why? Because I wrote about the Prophet Muhammad and his youngest wife, A’isha. Before it was even released, the book...
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John le Carré is about the best genre writer sitting in my bookcase—he writes literate espionage thrillers with exquisite style, keen observation, and dark wit. His books are complex in texture and thought and are rich with detail, atmosphere, and mystery. They bear re-reading, becoming a...
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Why do we protect the freedom of literature and the arts and deny the same to others, even if they might use a similar creative medium or idiom? Salman Rushdie said in an interview: “I really worry about how it’s become so easy to attack books, movies, paintings, works of scholarship there...
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If Mo Yan had chosen to live in a swanky hideout in the nowhere space offered as asylum, there would be much jubilation over his being awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Instead, he lives in China, was educated in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) school. He is the bad guy, not...
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He is the contradiction of his own statement. Salman Rushdie at the Hay Festival in Wales is still "joking" about a two-decade-old fatwa. Yet, he maintains: "The reason why books endure is because there are enough people who like them. It's the only reason why books last. It's the people who...
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Some books are a breeze to read, even when they run over 800 pages, and some books, no matter how long or short, are more like slogging through muddy clay wearing lead boots. Books like that often have excellent grammar, wonderful similes and metaphors, and the writing is sublime, but something is...
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Ethiopian Journalist and "political prisoner" Eskinder Nega.   Political relations between China and the United States may have been visibly strained due to Chinese activist and lawyer Chen Guangcheng’s unexpected bid for asylum last week but diplomacy and fellowship between authors from...
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The controversy regarding "The Satanic Verses" has returned to its country of origin, India. Few of us will forget the shock at hearing news about a fatwa, a death sentence, pronounced on Salman Rushdie by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini back in February 1989, forcing him to live...
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It is not people of the faith that are fearful of their belief being damaged but the purveyors of phobia who are scared stiff that their little world is not as large as they’d like it to be.   The timing could not have been more serendipitous and ironic. Around the time when the Deoband Darul...