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Burning Book

 On Friday, over lunch, I heard the news that Salman Rushdie would not be attending the Jaipur Literature Festival. His visit had been in doubt for some time. Initially, we had been scheduled to have a conversation on stage that afternoon, but since Maulana Abul Qasim Nomani, the head of the

Protest outside the Consulate of the PRC in Manhattan.

 Ai Weiwei has not been seen since April 3rd. Here are a few images from today's shambolic but well-attended protest outside the Consulate of the PRC in Manhattan. 

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What are we doing here?

I’ve been imagining other parliaments, parallel to this one – parliaments of doctors firemen and painters – dedicated to discussing the European problems proper to their professions. Perhaps I’m missing the point. If such events aren’t being organised then it is

Hari Kunzru The Crime and Punishment of Yang Yunbiao, Evictee by Li Jianqiang

 In 2008, in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, I participated in a PEN event intended to highlight human rights abuses in China. This is a video of a text I read at that event.

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