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Salman Rushdie “Raps” To Drake’s Lyrics

Let me be honest: I think Drake’s music sucks.

He raps like he just woke up from a four-hour nap.

But when I saw that 68-year-old author Salman Rushdie recited some of Drake’s lyrics, well, I had to click and watch.

What is so funny about old white dudes quoting rap lyrics?  Read more

I Want Your Feedback.

So I took last week off–medical stuff and all.

Everything’s good, but I just needed a little time to refresh and hopefully recharge my blogging batteries.

You might have noticed that my posting frequency as slowed down a bit. Lately, it’s been more in the neighborhood of 2-3 days a week instead of 5. After 5 years of posting almost every day, I think it’s taken a bit of a toll on me.

But I’m still here and kicking and determined to make it through this list. It’s taking forever to finish Midnight’s Children, yes, but I should have my review up within the next week.

So I’d like a little input from you guys today:  Read more

Bookish Pet Peeve #11: The Coffee Shop Writer

Confession: I’ve never written a single word in a coffee shop.

Confession number two: I don’t recall ever taking a laptop inside a coffee shop.

Confession number three: I hate coffee. Like, I loathe coffee. It smells like a combination of cigarettes and skunk.

That being the case, I’m a terrible candidate to be a novelist. Read more

McDonald’s Is Doing Something Right

I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s in 10 years–ever since I watched the Super Size Me documentary.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those pretentious anti-fast food people who look down their nose at you for ordering some french fries. I’m still fond of Chick Fil-A and, occasionally, Wendy’s and Sonic. But McDonald’s just ain’t my thing.

That said, I’m excited to see what U.K.-based McDonald’s are doing. They’re giving away a Roald Dahl book with each Happy Meal. Eight of Dahl’s stories will be featured, with extracts from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Magical Mischief, George’s Marvelous Medicine, and Matilda.  Read more

This Passage Will Make You Think

I don’t know if it’s just that good, or if I’m just that dense, but I had to read this one several times to begin to follow Rushdie.

This is, of course, from Midnight’s ChildrenRead more

Salman Rushdie: “Everyone is upset all the time.”

If you’re easily offended, and if you’ve never read Salman Rushdie’s work, then you might want to stay away from it.

Rushdie has a dark sense of humor and doesn’t mind poking at different aspects of culture and religion. After publishing Satanic Verses in 1988, Rushdie routinely received death threats. In 1989, Ayatolla Khomeini–Iran’s spiritual leader at the time–pronounced a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s execution. I’m guessing Rushdie doesn’t vacation in Iran. He’s still on the hit list of Islamic extremists, like Al Qaeda, to this day.

I’ll talk more about this next week…but, for now, let’s just say Rushdie probably doesn’t have a lot of tolerance for easily offended people.

NPR interviewed Rushdie about his latest novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, and I thought this bit was insightful: Read more

Book or Beer?

I love books. I love beer.

That’s why the website I’m telling you about today is a favorite.

If you’ve got a few spare minutes, check out

The site gives you a name, like “Constant Disappointment,” and you have to determine whether it’s the title of a Young Adult novel or is a craft beer brewed in New York. No kidding.  Read more


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