Half-Hidden in a Shock of Story: A Conversation with Jan VanStavern
I look at my favorite poems that I’ve read or written and notice they are full of surprises at a deep language level and often about really violent transitions,… More
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In an interview conducted two weeks ago with Germany’s @sternde, Salman Rushdie said his life was now “relatively normal.” Rushdie talked in the interview with about the threats he sees to U.S. democracy. He also called himself an optimist. https://indianexpress.com/article/world/salman-rushdie-stabbing-new-york-live-updates-8087417/
“A poem cannot stop a bullet. A novel can’t defuse a bomb... But we are not helpless... We can sing the truth and name the liars... stories are at the heart of what’s happening... we must work to overturn the false narrative of tyrants... by telling better stories” Salman Rushdie
"Free expression is not something we can take for granted, and must be at the heart of our battle to defend democracy against its enemies." @PENamerica CEO @SuzanneNossel on Salman Rushdie, who stands at the forefront of this fight https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/13/salman-rushdies-entire-life-has-been-an-act-of-defiance