Lunch With a Bigot: The Writer in the World
Amitava Kumar is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, and Nobody Does the Right Thing, all also published by Duke University Press.
Salman Rushdie and Me
In 2012, at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the author was asked to leave India after he read from a banned book, Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. This chapter covers that history but uses it as an occasion to report on his fraught relationship with the celebrated writer—establishing in the process an idea of what it means to celebrate freedom of expression and also be fair in criticism.