Salman Rushdie on fiction, ISIS, and the war on pleasure.

Salman Rushdie and the War on Pleasure

Salman Rushdie and the War on Pleasure

Risks and rewards of the creative life.
Sept. 29 2015 9:29 AM

Salman Rushdie on Fiction, ISIS, and the War on Pleasure

The celebrated author talks about his process and why fiction matters in a world gone mad.

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses, and Joseph Anton: A Memoir. The two discuss Rushdie’s latest novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, the themes of alienation and truth that often lurk within his stories, and why, in a world gone mad, fiction matters. Plus, Rushdie talks about his rocky start as a writer, an unforgettable night at Madison Square Garden, and how religious fascists are waging a war on pleasure.

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Brian Koppelman is a filmmaker (Rounders, Solitary Man), essayist, and podcaster. His latest project is the upcoming Showtime series Billions.