I had a series of interesting gchat conversations yesterday, beginning at 3:00a.m. when I’d accidentally left gmail up (no, Mom, I was not awake):
3:05 AM Amy: reading some Rushdie these days?
11:44 AM Andrew: ok, what are satanic versesme: hahaha11:45 AM it's a book by Salman RushdieAndrew: righthas Boston turned you to the dark side?me: no, it's for my literature class.it's actually a phenomenal book so far, my favorite in the classAndrew: interesting, would you recommed it?me: yes I would.
12:15 PM Matt: you're reading the satanic verses?me: yes I am12:16 PM Matt: i was gonna make that my next book!you like it so far?me: haha, awesome.yeah, I really do
1:43 PM Angela: satanic verses?1:46 PM me: haha, it's a bookfor my literature class
2:33 PM Michael: SATANIC VERSES?me: a book for my literature class2:34 PM Michael: NO THANKS2:36 PM me: hahaI forgot, you don't like to read
10:43 PM Calvin: alliegm "Satanic Verses"hilariousme: hahahathat gchat status has prompted more conversations than anything else ever has.10:44 PM Calvin: i can imaginehilarious when people don't know10:45 PM me: oh it is
I guess that’s what happens when your status looks like this:
Really though, in the last 48 hours Salman Rushdie has overtaken my life, and if I didn’t have a real job I would sit and read all day. This book is so dense, but it’s rich and engaging and amazingly done. Pop culture, religion, literature, political figures, mountains, historical events, current (then) events, all are referenced and alluded to up the wazoo. And it’s all done with amazing prose that I just can’t describe so I won’t begin to try.
Man. A little bit in love with Salman Rushdie. At least his mastery of language anyway.
Read it. And if you think you don’t have time to invest in this book, which I do understand, then read The Shelter of the World. Lovely short story that gives a small taste of his abilities as a writer.