If I did the exercise again in 5 years, 10 years, 25 years… who knows the insight these polaroids will provide? I quickly realized this mentality was a deep, dark hole, and decided to continue exploring other beliefs on the nature of existence. Now, looking back 8 years later, I realize it would have been interesting to chronicle my worldview at that time. Like a spiritual diary, I would have been able to study where I came from, and better understand my personal evolution.
Beyan merHaba Samuel, You know, of course, Rushdie is one of the potent voices in the postcolonial literature, globally speaking. So, I am really looking forward to read this transcript of the lecture he gave although inI am certain, it will certainly be as relevant today.
Issue of influence, what influenced his career as a literature man will be, I as sure, insightful.
His wry sense of humor is what I hear always being appreciated by those who know him up-close and personal as in his ex-wife, Padma Lakshmi. Her book I read and enjoyed thoroughly not for its literature value but for the stories she tells about anecdotal stories she tells about Rushdie.
She is of Indian descent and was a model and very successful in her own right, where she was very popular in Europe in general and in Italy in particular. Her attempt Spritual leader interview trying to transition to the literature world appears to be due to his influence than really her natural knack or disposition.
This forum is an Agora of sorts. You all are doing a fine job corrupting us the unsuspecting youth. Coming to Rushdie and his piece i think it speaks brilliantly to the anxiety and fear that grips anyone venturing into the realm of writing.
Am i a fraud? The good news which Rushdie reports is that we can not escape from influence.
But, we can rail against them, commit a sort of patricide and construct a little niche for ourselves. It was and still is a hard nut to crack. But i feel the novel can be a model for the Great Eritrean Novel that Saay7 never forget to remind us needs to be written.
But, I certainly know what you mean on the neck breaking speed the conversation tends to ensue here.
I have it on my shelf. I wait for few months, even few years, still to no avail. Young man, take advantage of this free intellectually engaging interaction, of course, be mindful of its addictive nature.
Beyan Amanuel Hidrat Selam Samuel, I am glad to hear that you had been introduced to prolific International writers, such as Rushdie during your high school time, to cultivate your reading and writing interest early on at your young age — an opportunity most of my generation could not get it, in the 50s and 60s.
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