Where’s Salman Rushdie been lately? Ever since that high-society parvenu Devorah Rose sought him out as the catalyst of her latest reinvention and spilled all the details to the tabloid press, he’s been quieter than anytime since the clerics called for his head! Tonight, the verses he’ll be sharing are angelic, not satanic, as he’s cohosting a book auction with Michael Stipe (a member of R.E.M. in the same sense that Mr. Rushdie is an author); the texts were hand-designed by the likes of Chuck Close, Philip Glass, Sir Ben Kingsley (forget the honorific at your own peril) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It’s all in support of providing food to South African schoolchildren, so raise those paddles!
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