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Salman Rushdie on literature and time travel

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A few things that Salman Rushdie, the Chicago Public Library Foundation's 2009 Carl Sandburg Literary Award winner, had to say in conversation with Booklist associate editor Donna Seaman at the Harold Washington Library Center this afternoon:

On why people may or may not like his books:
"The things that people who like your books like are the same things that people who don't like your books don't like. ... At this point, I think, I don't care."

On whether literature can change the world:
"Literature doesn't change the world. ... [But] books change the world one reader at a time. If this form survives, that's why it will survive."

On writing about relationships:

"I do think that human life is hard. And funny. And sex is both hard and funny."

Favorite author?
"Today? Charles Dickens."

If he could go back in time?
"The thing that puts me off time travel is medicine. Particularly dentistry. Sixteenth-century dentistry, I don't care if you're William Shakespeare, that would be hell."

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