Joseph Anton

On Valentine’s Day in 1989, Salman Rushdie was handed a death sentence: the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, claiming that Rushdie’s then-recent release, The Satanic Verses, was blasphemy against Islam. As such, Khomeini demanded that Rushdie — and anyone else involved in the publication of the book — be killed. He was advised by authorities to lieContinue reading “Joseph Anton”

The Satanic Verses

I don’t think I’ve experienced the challenge I felt while reading The Satanic Verses since slogging my way through Infinite Jest. The book had been on my TBR list for a years, but I never got around to reading it. I decided to finally pick it up this year for Banned Books Week.  Little did IContinue reading “The Satanic Verses”

Wrapping Up: The Chunkster Challenge

Now that the year is coming to an end, it’s time to start publishing my wrap up posts for all those reading challenges I signed up for!  I actually finished the Chunkster Challenge a couple of months ago, but I waited until now to a wrap up because I knew I still had a coupleContinue reading “Wrapping Up: The Chunkster Challenge”

Banned Books Week 2010

It’s Banned Books Week!  From Sept. 25 – Oct. 2, groups all over the country will be hosting events in celebration of books that people have attempted to ban or censor. It’s important to remember that having access to books–no matter how controversial they may be–is an important part of keeping intellectual freedom alive. HereContinue reading “Banned Books Week 2010”