Oct 6, 2006

Magic Realism

On this Friday afternoon I'm sure you're thinking to yourself, "What is Salman Rushdie up to?"

Well, you've come to the right place for the answer.

My college newspaper, The Emory Wheel, today reveals that he's taken a professorship in the English department.
The appointment of the British-Indian writer makes Rushdie arguably the second best-known professor at Emory, after former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Yahoo News additionally reports:
"Salman Rushdie is not only one of the foremost writers of our generation, he is also a courageous champion of human rights and freedom," Emory President James Wagner said."

Looks like I rushdie'd through my English major too quickly and missed the opportunity to be taught by him. What a bloodless coup for Emory; to get the man himself as well as his archive can only deepen the pockets of my wealthy, wealthy Coca-Cola college.

I'm sure other Emory departments boast leaders in their respective disciplines, but I was always fond of being phoned by National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner award winner Ha Jin about my assignments (or was that you, Newley?).

Thanks to Lauren W. for the heads-up.

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