Salman Rushdie, the Rockstar of Writers

Joseph Anton, Salman Rushdie, Dan Schifrin

Sometimes I feel like a pre-teen groupie when I say that Salman Rushdie is my favorite author. I expect people to say “how droll” as they roll their eyes. Why? Because he’s the rock star of the literary world. He’s Bono while Hunter S. Thompson is Keith Richards. I love one of the most internationally famous authors in the world. He was in protective hiding for almost a decade. He’s in the news all the time, he had a death sentence on his head. He was married to an internationally famous model and tv host. And yet, while this has led to him in gossip magazines, he’s just a great fucking writer with a vast intelligence and an extremely good sense of humor. Continue reading →

Michael Chabon at City Arts and Lectures

Michael Chabon, Telegraph Avenue

Two weeks ago I went to see Michael Chabon with some colleagues. I’ve only read one of his novels, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Our Writer in Residence, Dan Schifrin, suggested our department go. I thought it a lovely idea and immediately agreed. Continue reading →