Thursday, March 19, 2009

hero worship...

Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts. -Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children

'Any new idea, Mahound, is asked two questions.
The first is asked when it's weak: WHAT KIND OF AN IDEA ARE YOU?
Are you the kind that compromises, does deals, accommodates itself to society, aims to find a niche, to survive;
or are you the cursed, bloody-minded ramrod-backed type
of damnfool notion that would rather break that sway with the breeze?
-the kind that will almost certainly ninety-nine times out of a hundred,
be smashed to bits; but the hundredth time, will change the world?'

'What's the second question?' Gibreel asked.
'Answer the first one first.' - Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

one of the greatest benefits about going to school at a major educational institution is the opportunity to learn from truly great minds. this afternoon went to a panel discussion with one of my literary heros... Salman Rushdie.

honestly, Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses are up there with A Good Man is Hard to Find and other Stories by Flannery O'Connor and Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Thanks graduate school for making it possible.

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