Saturday, April 22, 2006

Salman Rushdie

This morning I had the privilege of dragging my ass out of bed at 8:30 to go see the great Salman Rushdie speak. Rushdie is infamous for his book The Satanic Verses, which challenged faith, especially Islam. The work was so controversial that the government of Iran put a $2.8 million bounty on his head. He's a great speaker, and if you ever get a chance to see him, take advantage of the opportunity. I even got my copy of the Satanic Verses signed.

Rushdie also championed Latin American independence in The Jaguar Smile, which chronicled the story of the Marxist Sandanista rebels in Nicaragua.