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Salman Rushdie: India Is No Longer The Country I Wrote About In ‘Midnight’s Children’

“When I wrote this book I could associate big-nosed Saleem with the elephant-trunked god Ganesh, the patron deity of literature, among other things, and that felt perfectly easy and natural even though Saleem was not a Hindu. All of India belonged to all of us, or so I deeply believed. And still believe, even though the rise of a brutal sectarianism believes otherwise. … Right now, in India, it’s midnight again.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, India, Words, Ganesh, Salman Rushdie, Saleem, 04.03.21


Salman Rushdie on Midnight's Children at 40: 'India is no longer the country of this novel'

Four decades after his Booker-winner was published, Rushdie reflects on the Bombay of his childhood – and his despair at the sectarianism he sees in India todayLongevity is the real prize for which writers strive, and it isn’t awarded by any jury. For a book to stand the test of time, to pass successfully down the generations, is uncommon enough to be worth a small celebration. For a writer in his mid-70s, the continued health of a book published in his mid-30s is, quite simply, a delight. This ...
Tags: Books, India, Fiction, Culture, Vanity Fair, Henry James, Bombay, Bleak House, Rushdie, Salman Rushdie, Tristram Shandy, Jarndyce, Gargantua, Anna Karenina Dead Souls, Circumlocution Office


Salman Rushdie reflects on post-colonial India 40 years after release of 'Midnight's Children'

Forty years after the publication of "Midnight's Children," author Salman Rushdie said he believes the India he was brought up in "is crumbling."
Tags: India, Cnn, Salman Rushdie


15 online writing courses taught by bestselling authors, including Malcolm Gladwell, David Sedaris, and Roxane Gay

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Masterclass; Alyssa Powell/Insider Strong communication and writing skills will help you succeed in any profession.Online classes are an affordable way to learn new writing tips as well as receive feedback on your work.All the classes on this list are taught by expert, award-winning writers with decades of experience.Good writing skills can take you far (just take it from a business major who wormed her ...
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Mumbai: a virtual tour through books, film, music and food

India’s most cosmopolitan city offers a dramatic blend of Bollywood idols, opera, street stalls and gripping tales of the underworldIn Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, the protagonist Saleem Sinai returns to the city of his birth – then called Bombay, officially renamed Mumbai in 1995 – in a third-class train carriage, lulled by the familiar chant: “abracadabra abracadabra abracadabra sang the wheels as they bore us back-to-Bom”. He finds it changed, its shoreline reclaimed from the sea, th...
Tags: Travel, Asia, India, Heritage, Food And Drink, Cultural Trips, Mumbai, Bollywood, Bombay, India Holidays, Mumbai Holidays, Salman Rushdie, Saleem Sinai


"[A]void books that are supposed to be 'good' for us. It isn’t necessary to read a single turgid sentence of Boring Saul Bellow..."

"... when there is a James Lee Burke to hand. Not every 'classic' is worthy of veneration: Tristram Shandy honks like John Coltrane, and is not nearly so funny. As for Midnight’s Children, it’s more fun to walk round town with a nail in your boot."  From "Reading books is not meant to be a competitive sport" by Michael Henderson (London Times), which is mostly about not trying to read as much as possible, but that paragraph jumped out at me. Are Americans still reading what is supposed to b...
Tags: Law, Reading, John Coltrane, Saul Bellow, James Lee Burke, Salman Rushdie, Ann Althouse, Tristram Shandy, Michael Henderson London Times


Composing a Symphony vs. Playing Jazz (for Screenwriters)

I’m always on the lookout for fresh illustrations and analogies that apply to the writing process. Here’s one I just heard last week where author Salman Rushdie compared writing symphony music with how he used to write which was a very structured approach where the story was planned out, and how he writes now which […]
Tags: Filmmaking, Salman Rushdie, Screenwriting


Jeff Koons and Salman Rushdie Teach New Courses on Art, Creativity & Storytelling for MasterClass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhICVnfwcpE If MasterClass comes calling, you know you’ve made it. In the five years since its launch, the online learning platform has brought on such instructors as Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin, Annie Leibovitz, and Malcolm Gladwell, all of whom bring not just knowledge and experience of a craft, but the glow of high-profile success as well. Though MasterClass’ lineup has expanded to include more writers, filmmakers, and performers (as wel...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Writing, College, Neil Gaiman, Creativity, Pennsylvania, Online Courses, Literature, Salvador Dalí, Margaret Atwood, Seoul, Malcolm Gladwell, Judy Blume, Jeff Koons


Twitter accused of censoring Indian critic of Hindu nationalism

Writers including Salman Rushdie express anger after journalist Salil Tripathi has account suspendedTwitter has been accused of censoring the prominent Indian journalist Salil Tripathi by suspending his account, after he tweeted on subjects including the anniversary of the demolition of the Babri mosque and his work on India’s shrinking democratic space.Writers including Salman Rushdie and Amitav Ghosh expressed anger after Tripathi, who is chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committe...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Media, Internet, India, Religion, World news, South and Central Asia, Islam, Press freedom, Freedom Of Speech, Hinduism, Amitav Ghosh, Salman Rushdie, Tripathi, Salil Tripathi


"[Cat] Stevens said he had originally wanted to serve as a bridge between two great cultures, yet, while Islam welcomed its famous convert, western audiences were hostile."

"'On the other side, people said, "He is a bit of a traitor." He has "turned Turk," if you like. So I was often used as a bit of a spokesman, and I was useful for certain occasions.... I thought, "Everybody should get this," but it didn’t work out quite like that.'... One of the most upsetting times for Stevens, he reveals, was his portrayal as a supporter of the Iranian fatwa that forced the novelist Salman Rushdie into hiding in 1989. 'I was certainly not prepared or equipped to deal with shar...
Tags: Law, Islam, Desert Island Discs, Stevens, Salman Rushdie, Turk, Yusuf Cat Stevens, Cat Stevens, Ann Althouse


‘Homeland Elegies’ offers brutal, often funny look at being Muslim in post 9/11 America

By Ann Levin An elegy is a mournful poem expressing regret for something lost. Ayad Akhtar’s brilliant new novel, “Homeland Elegies,” mourns an America that has lost its way in the half-century since it welcomed his parents’ generation of Muslim immigrants from Pakistan. It’s a work of autofiction narrated by a man named Ayad Akhtar who is best known, like the real Akhtar, for writing a hit Broadway play in which the lead character, a Pakistani American lawyer, expresses some sympathy for the te...
Tags: Books, California, David Letterman, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Pakistan, Broadway, Wisconsin, Muslim, Pasadena, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ayad Akhtar


Shorties (An Excerpt from Sigrid Nunez's New Novel, New Music from New Order, and more)

The Cut shared an excerpt from Sigrid Nunez's novel What Are You Going Through. The New York Times reviewed the book. Stream a new song by New Order. September's best eBook deals. eBooks on sale for $1.99 today: Arkansas by John Brandon The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark eBooks on sale for $2.99 today: Quichotte by Salman Rushdie The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu eBook on sale for $3.99 today: Lilith's B...
Tags: Music, India, Neil Young, Radiohead, David, Arkansas, Usps, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Cixin Liu, Julia Holter, Electric Literature, Fisher, Sam Sanders, Muriel, Salman Rushdie


Harper's free speech letter has 'moved the needle', says organiser

Thomas Chatterton Williams defends letter as critics say it disregards marginalised viewsThe organiser of an open letter decrying “a vogue for public shaming and ostracism” has said that companies such as Netflix and the New York Times will have to take into account the views of its signatories, after a counter letter accused them of failing to recognise those “silenced for generations”.A debate about free speech, privilege and the role of social media in public discourse continued over the week...
Tags: Books, World news, Netflix, Culture, New York Times, Jk Rowling, Freedom Of Speech, Margaret Atwood, Harper, JK, Salman Rushdie, Thomas Chatterton Williams


Big Blowback Against Letter Supporting Free Speech Signed By Prominent Artists

The letter—whose endorsers included everyone from Noam Chomsky to Gloria Steinem to Margaret Atwood to Salman Rushdie to Wynton Marsalis—applauded “powerful protests for racial and social justice [and] police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society.” But it also decried “a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity.” – The New York ...
Tags: Art, Margaret Atwood, Gloria Steinem, Issues, Noam Chomsky, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie, 07.08.20


JK Rowling, Rushdie and Atwood warn against ‘intolerance’ in open letter

Harper’s letter asserts way to ‘defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion’, but critics accuse authors of censorious mentalityJK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood are among the signatories to a controversial open letter warning that the spread of “censoriousness” is leading to “an intolerance of opposing views” and “a vogue for public shaming and ostracism”.Rowling, whose beliefs on transgender rights have recently seen scores of Harry Potter fans distance themselves fr...
Tags: Books, Gender, Media, Activism, Protest, Censorship, Race, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Culture, Magazines, Harry Potter, Jk Rowling, Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis


Rowling, Rushdie and Atwood warn against ‘intolerance’ in open letter

Harper’s letter asserts way to ‘defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion’, but critics accuse authors of censorious mentalityJK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood are among the signatories to a controversial open letter warning that the spread of “censoriousness” is leading to “an intolerance of opposing views” and “a vogue for public shaming and ostracism”.Rowling, whose beliefs on transgender rights have recently seen scores of Harry Potter fans distance themselves fr...
Tags: Books, Gender, Media, Activism, Protest, Censorship, Race, Social Media, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Culture, US politics, Magazines, Higher Education, Harry Potter


J.K. Rowling, Margaret Atwood Sign Letter Condemning Cancel Culture

“Harry Potter” writer J.K Rowling, “Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood and “Midnight’s Children” writer Salman Rushdie are amongst 150 public figures to have signed a letter condemning the practice of ‘public shaming,’ or cancel culture as it is known popularly. Cancel culture is a term used to describe individuals who have shared an unpopular opinion […]
Tags: Harry Potter, Jk Rowling, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, J K Rowling Margaret Atwood, J K Rowling Handmaid


J.K. Rowling, Margaret Atwood Among 150 Figures to Sign Letter Condemning Public Shaming

“Harry Potter” writer J.K Rowling, “Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood and “Midnight’s Children” writer Salman Rushdie are amongst 150 public figures to have signed a letter condemning the practice of public shaming, or ‘cancel culture’ as it is known popularly. ‘Cancel culture’ is a term used to describe individuals who have shared an unpopular opinion […]
Tags: News, Global, Harry Potter, Jk Rowling, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, J K Rowling Margaret Atwood, J K Rowling Handmaid


J.K. Rowling, Margaret Atwood Among 150 Figures to Sign Letter Condemning Cancel Culture

“Harry Potter” writer J.K Rowling, “Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood and “Midnight’s Children” writer Salman Rushdie are amongst 150 public figures to have signed a letter condemning the practice of ‘public shaming,’ or cancel culture as it is known popularly. Cancel culture is a term used to describe individuals who have shared an unpopular opinion […]
Tags: News, Global, Harry Potter, Jk Rowling, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, J K Rowling Margaret Atwood, J K Rowling Handmaid


Stop trying to shame companies that took PPP loans

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here. QUOTE OF THE DAY "It was positive for me." — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro announcing he has tested positive for coronavirus, after months of flouting public health recommendations, rejecting masks, and doubting the seriousness of the pandemic. WHAT'S HAPPENING Donald Trump paid someone to take the SAT for him. That's one of the allegations in Mary Trump's book about her uncle. She also says Fred Trump...
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Why do Muslim states stay silent over China’s abuse of the Uighurs? | Nick Cohen

Nations that claim to be defenders of the faith offer no protest to the concentration campsWhen China imposed trade sanctions on Norway in 2010 for honouring the imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo with the Nobel peace prize, it spat out a word we weren’t used to hearing from propagandists for an atheist communist regime, but should get used to today. “It’s a blasphemy,” a party mouthpiece said.Once, blasphemy was damning the faithful’s gods and sacred books. Now, criticism of the world’s largest di...
Tags: Books, China, Religion, World news, Iran, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Islam, United Nations, Norway, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Xinjiang, Liu Xiaobo, Nick Cohen, Salman Rushdie, Uighurs


A Conservative Reckoning In Book Publishing?

Publishing such authors was once uncontroversial. The conservative publishing industrial complex has been a mainstay ever since Allen Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind topped the bestseller lists. Free speech has always been a slippery concept in book publishing. At times it is presented as a badge of honor—we stand by Salman Rushdie!—but mostly, it is an excuse to publish something that is profitable but otherwise valueless. Beleaguered publishers have understandably cast themselves as ...
Tags: Art, Words, Salman Rushdie, 06.12.20, Allen Bloom


Britain’s Writers’ Guild Cancels 2021 Awards Due to Coronavirus

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain has decided to cancel its 2021 awards, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The guild’s chair Lisa Holdsworth said the industries its members work within face an “existential threat,” and the guild needed to focus on protecting their rights. The red-carpet, gala event was due to take place […]
Tags: News, Global, Britain, Great Britain, Salman Rushdie, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Coronavirus, Lisa Holdsworth


Marina Lewycka: 'The most underrated book? Collins Complete DIY Manual'

Marina Lewycka: 'The most underrated book? Collins Complete DIY Manual'. The author on crying over Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, being impressed by Salman Rushdie’s swearing and falling asleep to Elena Ferrante
Tags: News, Entertainment, Leo Tolstoy, Salman Rushdie, Marina Lewycka, Collins Complete DIY Manual


This heartfelt film offers a brief history of modern art in India

The iconic Bandra mansion owned by gallerist Kekoo Gandhy gives the name to a new documentary by his daughter, Behroze Independent film ‘Kekee Manzil: The House of Art’ also showcases the life of the gallerist A young, lean Maqbool Fida Husain painting, intensely, intently; Tyeb Mehta’s wife, Sakina, speaking into the camera, “People say his art is violent; I say it is against violence”; the demolition of Babri masjid—these are scenes from independent film Kekee Manzil: The House of Art. Whi...
Tags: Film, Life, India, Bristol, Bombay, Salman Rushdie, Juhu, Maqbool Fida Husain, Bandra, Sakina, Khorshed, Kekee Manzil, Kekoo, Kekoo Gandhy, Nalini Malani, Sidharth Bhatia


Composer Charles Wuorinen Dead At 81

Known for his adherence to thorny modernism and his strong opinions, Wuorinen won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for Time’s Encomium (the first piece of electronic music to earn the honor) but is best known for his opera adaptations of Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories and Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain. – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, Time, People, Annie Proulx, Salman Rushdie, Haroun, Charles Wuorinen, Wuorinen, 03.12.20, Brokeback Mountain Yahoo


The New York Public Library Creates a List of 125 Books That They Love

The New York Public Library sure knows how to celebrate a quasquicentennial. In honor of its own 125th anniversary, it's rolling out a number of treats for patrons, visitors, and those who must admire it from afar. In addition to the expected author talks and live events, Patience and Fortitude, the iconic stone lions who flank the main branch's front steps, are displaying some reading material of their own—Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic The Great ...
Tags: Google, Books, Podcasts, Patricia Highsmith, College, New York City, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, George Orwell, Nypl, Libraries, Literature, Harry Potter, Arthur Conan Doyle, Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis


A Theory of Everything (That Matters): A Brief Guide to Einstein, Relativity, and His Surprising Thoughts on God by Alister McGrath- Part 2 Introduction and Chapter 1- Approaching Einstein: The Wonder of Nature

A Theory of Everything (That Matters): A Brief Guide to Einstein, Relativity, and His Surprising Thoughts on God by Alister McGrath- Part 2 Introduction and Chapter 1- Approaching Einstein: The Wonder of Nature We are reviewing Alister McGrath’s new book, “A Theory of Everything (That Matters): A Brief Guide to Einstein, Relativity, and His Surprising Thoughts on God”.  McGrath says, “Albert Einstein remains the world’s favorite genius.  He has appeared on the cover of Time magazine no fewer th...
Tags: England, New York, China, Germany, Russia, Israel, Religion, America, Oxford, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Time Magazine, American Museum of Natural History, Oxford University, Times, Princeton


Artistic lineage: Chronicling The Legacy Of Khorshed and Kekoo Gandhy.

The London filmmaker on chronicling the legacy of Khorshed and Kekoo Gandhy. As a young woman, Behroze Gandhy tried hard to maintain a distance from her artistic lineage. “Growing up, I didn’t want anything to do with art, my parents [Bombay’s original art couple Kekoo and Khorshed Gandhy] or their gallery,” says the London-based filmmaker. “I felt I should get away from it and make my own mark… but after a point, I couldn’t escape the goodwill my parents had, and the doors it opened for me.” I...
Tags: Art, UK, London, Life, Bombay, Bengal, British Film Institute, Dara, Rushdie, Salman Rushdie, Bandra, Shireen, Mumbai Mirror, Khorshed, Reema Gehi, Kekee Manzil


Books & Stuff: Graphic Novels and a Troubled Bookstore

Top 10 political travel books Works ranging from Beryl Bainbridge in Milton Keynes to Salman Rushdie in Nicaragua show how politics has driven many writers’ journeys All travel is political. You can’t set foot outside the house without encountering other people, which inevitably prompts consideration of their lives in comparison to yours. [Read More] The […] The post Books & Stuff: Graphic Novels and a Troubled Bookstore appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
Tags: Books, Graphic Novels, Nicaragua, Warren Buffet, Milton Keynes, Around The Web, Salman Rushdie, Beryl Bainbridge, Book Travel