Rushdie stresses importance of literature

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By Brittany Ruess

Salman RushdieIn times when the politically powerful attempt to smother speech, renowned author Salman Rushdie said writers often ask themselves how to keep pushing forward.

The answer is to keep writing, he said.

“If we are not making the beauty, we have nothing to defend,” Rushdie said.

The keynote speaker of the second annual Unbound Book Festival, Rushdie spoke to a crowd packed inside Jesse Auditorium on the University of Missouri campus Friday about the “ancient conflict” between writers and politicians. While both tell stories, Rushdie said, writers are upfront about their fiction and politicians often don’t tell the truth while pretending that they are. Read more

Source: Columbia Tribune

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