Book Acquired Recently: Salman Rushdie’s Victory City

Rushdie, Salman. Victory City. New York: Random House, 2023. Salman Rushdie’s latest novel was released on Tuesday, so yesterday I stopped by Shakespeare & Co. in Manhattan and bought a copy. Everyone who cares about freedom of expression should buy it as one way to repay our debt to Rushdie for his decades-long continuing defenseContinue reading “Book Acquired Recently: Salman Rushdie’s Victory City”

Books Acquired Recently: Holiday Edition

I received a number of books as holiday gifts this year, and have ordered some others with holiday cash as well. Here is what has come in thus far: Beary, Roberta. Deflection. Lexington: Accents, 2015. This short poetry collection of mostly haiku is by one of today’s premier haiku writers. I read it a fewContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Holiday Edition”

Back in the Saddle

I haven’t posted in several weeks because I am currently on the job market and have had several interviews that have taken up all of my non-teaching time. However, my life should be a little less crazy in the near future, so I’ll be able to get back to my normal routine of posting aContinue reading “Back in the Saddle”

Salman Rushdie’s Joseph Anton

I just finished reading Salman Rushdie’s new memoir Joseph Anton, which is primarily about the years after the fatwa was issued against his life in 1989 in response to the publication of The Satanic Verses. Rushdie writes eloquently about his most depressing emotional moments during the thirteen years when he had to live under police protection, but he also offersContinue reading “Salman Rushdie’s Joseph Anton”

Books Acquired Recently: Desk Copy Edition

Baldwin, James. Another Country. 1962. New York: Vintage, 1993. I will be teaching Baldwin’s and Castillo’s novels in my Introduction to Literature course next semester. Another Country has been one of my favorite books since I first read it three years ago, and I have finally decided to teach it despite its length. At 436Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Desk Copy Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Windup Girl. 2009. San Francisco: Night Shade, 2012. This book and Walker’s were recently recommended to me by a new friend that I met at Rocky Mountain MLA last week. They both sound fascinating. The reviews of The Windup Girl just inside of the front cover compare it to William Gibson’s writing,Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Salman Rushdie on “The Rushdie Affair”

I just read Salman Rushdie’s personal essay in the 17 September 2012 issue of the New Yorker about the first few months of his life after the fatwa against his life was issued upon the publication of The Satanic Verses. It is a moving, heartbreaking text that makes one realize how much of a heroContinue reading “Salman Rushdie on “The Rushdie Affair””