Jan 24, 2012 @ 4:00:00 am
New Rumpus contributor Marie Calloway.
Gearing up for President Obama's State of the Union address, the website RealClearBooks is posting daily "state of" reports. Kicking things off is “The state of American Books,” by Bookforum’s Chris Lehmann.
Was the threat that prevented Salman Rushdie from attending last weekend’s Jaipur Literary Festival real, or was it fabricated by Indian police? That’s the question overshadowing the scandal, which drove several authors home early out of concern for their safety after they read from Rushdie’s novel, The Satanic Verses, which remains banned in India. Rushdie says he was threatened by “paid assassins” (the Rajasthan government agrees), but a number of Indian media outlets are reporting that the Rajasthan police force invented the threat to scare Rushdie away. For his part, Rushdie has been tweeting threats made
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