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The Writings of Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In 2012, Raif Badawi, a blogger in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who is now 31, was arrested in his native land and charged with offenses ranging from parental disobedience to cyber-crime and apostasy from Islam.

The 2 Kinds of Morning Writer

Sarah Stodola | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Sarah Stodola

While researching my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, one of the most important habits I gauged was the time of day that successful authors get their writing done. Not surprisingly, more writers I studied do their best work in the morning than at any other time.

When Crying "Fire" Becomes a Slur

Francis Levy | Posted 06.30.2015 | Media
Francis Levy

In Israel the ultra Orthodox have attempted to inflict their values on a population that doesn't always cotton to their values. In an age of increasing terrorism, there will be a tendency to constrict both the exercise of beliefs as well as the right to express opposition and outrage at those self-same beliefs. The Supreme Court will have its work cut for it.

Part III: Is American Fiction a Prop for Neoliberal Ideology?

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.19.2015 | Books
Anis Shivani

If we take apart the motivations and rationales and biographies of some of the leading exponents of plastic realism, we find that their official personas match the ideal neoliberal subject being constituted in their works.

Film Margarita With A Straw -- Unexpected Brilliance -- From India

Jim Luce | Posted 05.22.2015 | Arts
Jim Luce

The film Margarita With A Straw is so unexpectedly brilliant, on so many levels, that I was completely mesmerized. Focused on taboo within taboo, the fragility of our collective human condition and the joy and possibility of life, the film is required viewing.

Defying the Islamic Totalitarians

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

The essence of freedom is the freedom to think for oneself. And that is intolerable to the jihadist. From the fatwa issued against author Salman Rushdie by Iran's ayatollahs, to the recent Charlie Hebdo slaughter in Paris, the jihadist allows no dissent from religious dogma.

Adapting Wolf Hall: Mike Poulton Talks at the Morgan Library/ Contretemps at the PEN Gala

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.09.2015 | Books
Regina Weinreich

But this was an unusually interesting night at the Morgan, the eve of the PEN gala, and many in the room were slated to attend the writers' annual dinner that would honor Charlie Hebdo's Gerard Biard and Jean-Baptiste Thoret accepting the Freedom of Expression Courage Award on behalf of the magazine.

Deja News on Race, Gays, Hebdo... And the 'Error' of Mass Incarceration

Mark Green | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

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Lamarche and Christie agree on Marriage Equality and Charlie Hebdo but, like the country, divide on why it's the fire this time in Baltimore. Will we have recurring police-triggered violence -- from Harlem in 1930s to Ferguson and Baltimore today -- or can government reduce both police violence and urban pathologies?

Even Jews Can Ignore Jewish Suffering?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Why didn't they demand inclusive language or refuse to sign? What did they have to lose? I don't belong to PEN -- but if I did, I'd be ashamed to sign a letter that ignored the plight of French Jews.

PEN Group Blacklists Charlie Hebdo

Francis Levy | Posted 05.01.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

An attack on free expression has come from one of the most unlikely places.

Salman Rushdie Chastises Authors Protesting The Charlie Hebdo Tribute

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 04.27.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Salman Rushdie on Monday defended the PEN American Center's plans to honor the magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying the decision of six wr...

Why Salman Rushdie's Harsh Goodreads Ratings Of Classic Books Are So Refreshing

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books

With so many digital ratings systems organizing our modern lives, it was only a matter of time before someone as prominent as Salman Rushdie confused ...

Why I Published Cartoons of Muhammad and Don't Regret It

Flemming Rose | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Flemming Rose

I've been accused of being responsible for the loss of innocent lives and labeled a Nazi who is having Muslims for breakfast.

Murdering Freedom of Speech

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Freedom of speech might be integral to the hard-won flowering of modern freedoms valued in the West, but its fragile bloom has faded and could die without proper tending by courageous politicians and media working in a global partnership to oppose Islamism and the Zeitgeist of political correctness.

Watch Me Go: A Talk With Mark Wisniewski

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Watch Me Go concerns Douglas "Deesh" Sharp, who has managed to stay on the right side of the law by hauling junk for cash. But after he and two friends dispose of a sealed oil drum, Deesh finds himself betrayed, and running from the police.

Nothing Is Sacred

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Neither public servants nor clergy nor holy books nor heroes are infallible. Battling obscurantism does not mean we are saints of any kind. It means we will not accept a tyrant's bogus paradise, and are free to form our own words and images and make up our own minds.

Salman Rushdie On Charlie Hebdo: Free Speech Is Absolute

AP | WILSON RING | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Author Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses" drew the wrath of Ir...

Free Speech, Charlie Hebdo, and the Ultimate Campus Trigger Warning (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Once you set the precedent that speech will be censored if it offends people who respond violently to that speech, you guarantee that more people will respond violently on a wider variety of issues. There is a reason why no one ever says "the best way to deal with a bully is to immediately give him everything he wants."

Guardians

Daniel Maidman | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

The magazine Charlie Hebdo was -- is -- a house of guardians. Its staff pledged themselves to guarding one of the bedrock requirements of our civilization: its freedom of speech.

Salman Rushdie Responds To Charlie Hebdo Attack, Says Religion Must Be Subject To Satire

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 01.07.2015 | Books

In response to today's shooting at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Salman Rushdie released a statement defending the art of comedic criticism...

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

Salman Rushdie, Kim Kardashian & Blushing Bottoms

Nina Martyris | Posted 01.15.2015 | Books
Nina Martyris

Three years ago, when Kim Kardashian got divorced after an epically brief 72-day marriage, Salman Rushdie sportingly tweeted a knarled limerick that raised eyebrows - and his twitter following.

The Islamization of Great Britain

Stanley Weiss | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

"Your brethren who live in the east are in urgent need of your help . . . the Turks and Arabs have attacked them. . . I, or rather the Lord, beseech y...

Breaking Bread: Salman Rushdie and Mazen Darwish

Malu Halasa | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Malu Halasa

The sharing of the PEN Pinter Prize between Salman Rushdie and Mazen Darwish is a potent reminder of the need to protect the rights and liberties of people threatened with death or imprisoned for what they write about or believe.

Books as a Trompe-L'oeil: On Fools and What Fools the Eye

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 12.07.2014 | Technology
Cosmin Gheorghe

For many people around the globe books are alive, they are collected, cherished and contemplated periodically with love. They are milestones that punctuate one's emotional and social life.