March 15, 2010


Artists join Rushdie for a look at love

“Love feels more and more like the only subject.” These words penned by Salman Rushdie shaped a Feb. 26 symposium celebrating the opening of the novelist’s archives at Emory.

Rushdie, with author Christopher Hitchens and filmmaker Deepa Mehta, in conversation with Emory professors, explored love’s many forms.

“Will you tell us about the relationship between love and sex?” asked moderator Deepika Bahri. “Well, it’s close,” deadpanned Rushdie in one of the symposium’s many humorous moments.

“Looking at all these old papers [in the archive] has obliged me to … look backwards at everything I’ve done,” Rushdie said. “[I noticed that] in my books …the love that endures is something other than the romantic sexual love between men and women.”

“It’s a curious thing that love and hate are so closely tied together just a flip of a coin can flip one into the other,” he said. “And that’s very interesting as a writer.”

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