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Posted: 28 October 2006 08:10 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Haven’t listened to the PoI podcast yet, but it is a recording of a talk my wife and I attended in NYC earlier this month, put on by the NYC Chapter of CFI, with the help of Austin Dacey. IMO it was an excellent, very forthright and plain talk on the dangers and problems the West faces in Islam. I was not aware of how articulate a speaker Rushdie was. He clearly sees dangers in Christianity as well, but given his background and past, he is more interested in the Islamic problems.

Worth a listen. I will certainly cue up the podcast soon.

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Posted: 28 October 2006 08:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Another excellent podcast with plenty of food for thought.  Which Rushdie book would you recommend I read first?

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Posted: 29 October 2006 03:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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[quote author=“mcelreb”]Which Rushdie book would you recommend I read first?

No idea, I haven’t read any of them. He’s a well-respected fiction writer, but I don’t really read much fiction.

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My wife enjoyed Haroun and the Sea of Stories FWIW. Fantasy fiction.

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Posted: 01 November 2006 09:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Brilliant speech

I loved Mr. Rushdie’s speech.  I wonder if a transcript of it is available.

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Posted: 01 November 2006 09:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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You could try contacting DJ Grothe through the PoI website (or PM him through this site) but I am pretty sure there isn’t a transcript ... Rushdie spoke off the cuff, so it would entail someone transcribing the whole thing, and I doubt they would have time to do that unless they are expecting to publish it somewhere.

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Posted: 02 November 2006 08:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Spoke too soon. There is a transcript.

Click here to find it .

Enjoy!

NB: it includes the Q&A, so actually has significantly more material than was on the podcast.

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Posted: 02 November 2006 09:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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yes, definitely a great episode.

i was very impressed with his speech.

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Posted: 05 November 2006 06:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Where to start with Rushdie

“Which Rushdie book would you recommend I read first?”

I haven’t read everything he wrote, but suggest you might want to start with Midnight’s Children.  Also, I found that hearing Rushdie read aloud the first chapter of The Satanic Verses was a big help to me in getting into that book.  I heard it on CBC Radio many years ago, but a quick look at the web didn’t turn up any postings of a recording.  Too bad.

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Posted: 05 November 2006 06:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Thanks catwalker.  CBC rules

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Lenses: A Love Song for Salman Rushdie

Lenses: A Love Song for Salman Rushdie
by Joe Dees

We are wanderers all
In the shapeshifting dunes of our days
Seeking amidst the sandstorms
The sight of a sheltered course
So we sift our pasts to cast our futures
And grind lenses to focus our lives.
Most are less than original
But each has its own eccentricities
Fitted for one eye, one terrain;
No lens is universal, and no path.

Most of us hide our quirks of vision
From others, and even from ourselves
Lest some fatal slip should betray us
And hew to some hard line or other
Packed by souls of similar stripe
Who confuse the safety of numbers
With the security of a way well chosen
And who, fearing the walkers of other ways
As challenges to their own decisions’ wisdom
Strive to herd those they must consider misled
Back to their proper route, or failing that
Seek to end their journeys.

But some crazed few of us
Too honest for our own damned good
Craft our lenses from every gritty grain
Of the wide beach of experience
Fusing them carefully in insight’s crucible
Until they crystallize clean and true
And then we wave them radiantly
Before the wandering world.

These folks are followed, or killed, or both.
Poets and messiahs are the glaziers
Of living visions, and well wrought lenses
May powerfully concentrate the common gaze
Promising pathfinding clarity.
But- remember this:
Art is metaphor, and metaphors are chameleons.
They are colored by our journeys
As surely as they shape them.
Empty and aimless are those who lack lenses
If such pathless ones exist
But stumbling blind are those who
Given the lenses of others
Wear them as if they were windowpanes
And polish them not with their lives.

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