Episode 128: The Salman Rushdie Attack Holds a Mirror To The West And The Opera Finally Bans Slavery
Plus: Sam Thielman gets rescued from cancellation, but was it the right call?
Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, has spent decades in hiding as radical Muslims have hunted and killed many others involved with the controversial novel. Recently, he reemerged in New York, only to be stabbed near-fatally as he took the stage. But are others wrong to draw parallels between the rhetoric used by his attackers and the rhetoric we see increasingly in the West?
Plus, Substack writer Sam Thielman had his contract unfairly terminated, but Jesse uncovers events in his past that suggest he may not be quite as fair to others. Then, enjoy the chaos as internet insanity bleeds over into the opera scene once again, this time with an abolitionist twist.
The attack on Rushdie
Bari Weiss’s history of the fatwa against him
Jesse’s review of Helen Joyce’s book
The MacLachlan assault
The outcome of the case
The Julie Bindel case
Ackerman’s post mildly criticizing Substack (note Thielman credit)
Thielman details how Substack punished him for editing the post
Our episode on the Gist controversy
Thielman isn’t happy how things turned out
Thielman digs himself deeper re: Donald MacNeil Jr.
Sam’s devastating response, a masterpiece of polemics thoroughly discrediting Jesse and dishonoring his descendants for centuries to come
Playwrights Ensemble resigns collectively
A list of demands for white american theater, invoking, of all things, the 13th Amendment
The results of the protest outside the theater
The internal conflict at Victory Gardens
Image: People listen as writers gather to read selected works of British author Salman Rushdie, one week after he was stabbed while on stage, during a rally to show solidarity for free expression outside the New York Public Library in New York City on August 19, 2022. - Hadi Matar has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges after being accused of stabbing British author Salman Rushdie multiple times on stage during a literary event at the Chautauqua Institution. The severely injured author is recovering well according to family and friends, after the assault left him with multiple stab wounds on August 12, 2022. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)