A Literary Activist’s Guide to the PEN America Digital Archive
I find archives strangely comforting…they are reminders of what’s recurred and changed, reminders that others were grappling similarly in the past and theirs are the shoulders we stand on. More
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“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
Messages of outrage and support are pouring in from all corners of the globe after @SalmanRushdie was stabbed at an event in upstate NY on Friday, including statements from UK Prime Minister Johnson, French President Macron and Australian P.M. Albanese. https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/13/world/reactions-novelist-salman-rushdie-attack-intl/index.html