Rushdie + Milck Video + Courage + Podcast: Creative Kolkata + Tagore

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Novelist Salman Rushdie is out of the woods, though it will take a while for him to heal. Recently, he was attacked and gravely injured right before he was to give a lecture. Thank goodness the controversial writer is a tough bird. For decades, he’s evaded assassination attempts by anti-free speech people.

He’s a light in the darkness. That’s what we do, we creatives. I’ve been criticized for being oversensitive, for making too much out of too little, and for overthinking things. Artists do all that and more. We allow the timid and repressed to see possibilities they wouldn’t otherwise allow themselves to dream.

Here’s the book Rushdie is best known for…

Cover of The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie.

Buy it, read it, and give copies away — to show your support of not merely Rushdie, but of all creators brave enough to stick their necks out.

Check out this video, “We Won’t Go Back,” by singer/songwriter/activist Milck. It’s her reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. According to her YouTube channel, the song celebrates, “the power of bodily autonomy. Trusting people to make their own choices, and keeping the state out of our bodies…”


What do you think about free speech and the value of artists?

25 thoughts on “Rushdie + Milck Video + Courage + Podcast: Creative Kolkata + Tagore”

  1. Thank you for sharing!!.. I think that if it is done in a civilized manner one should be able to express one’s thoughts and feelings without fear or censorship…. someone who uses violence and conflict is often a closed minded individual who has difficulty defending their own ideology and attacks any ideology they see as a threat… it happens often in the world of religion and faith based ideologies… “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”. (Isaac Asimov).. 🙂

    Until we meet again…
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

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  2. I appreciate your pairing a paean to Salman Rushdie with a cri de coeur about abortion. The link is two-fold: artistic freedom and personal freedom, both under assault by religious extremists.

    There are hopeful signs in the US that people are beginning to recognize what’s at stake and are prepared to fight back—by registering and voting in large numbers. Se can—and we must!

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  3. Actually, Satanic Verses is a mediocre work at best and poorly written, with little to interest anyone outside of radical Islam. However, anyone with a brain should support Mr. Rushdie’s freedom to express what he does in the book. When we cower in fear of ruthless people, they simply become more ruthless.
    “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” Benjamin Franklin

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  4. As a blogger, I have no choice but to unreservedly support free expression of opinion and freedom of artistic expression, even for people with the most repugnant views. The attack on Rushdie was an attack on freedom and free people everywhere. Like the Danish cartoonists and Charlie Hebdo and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, we must continue to speak out against the fanatics and terrorists, and refuse to be intimidated.

    Everyone who threatens, doxes, deplatforms, or uses violence against another purely because of that other’s expression of opinion is my enemy, no matter what the target’s opinions were.

    No compromise with censorship. No mercy for censors.

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  5. Beyond Free speech and artists, Freedom is the ultimate goal. It encompasses everything.
    Best wishes of recovery to Rushdie.
    I was born in Pakistan after the Partition. His book, Midnight’s children is a masterpiece for all us who have some relationship with India.
    Good point about the Satanic verses. I need to buy it and read it…

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