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Salman Rushdie’s new novel, The Golden House, is set in New York, the city he now calls home, and its themes are deeply American.

There’s a moment when one character says, “Your country is young — one thinks differently when one has millennia behind one; you have not even 250 years.”

Does that youthfulness shape Rushdie’s view of the U.S.? “It’s a very interesting thing,” he says, “having been brought up in one very ancient country, India, and then having lived in a kind of reasonably old country, England, and then to come to a new country. They all have their slightly different characteristics.”

Leaving The Past Behind — Or Trying To — In Rushdie’s Latest

anonymous asked:

What is your life goal?

Of course I have many goals in life when it comes to my career and relationships. I want to get the hell out of college but at the same time I don’t want to grow up. I want my degree and make use of it. I might want to teach abroad, do aid work in Africa, own my own magazine company, and eventually a publishing company.

But those are just maybes and hopefullys. I definitely will want to get my writing out there. I want to publish novels because story telling is my first love and eventually direct the movie or television show for it. I want to write stories as I grow, about life and love and the people I’ve met. I want to write fantasy novels, romance novels, mysteries, and etc. 

My dream is to read, write, drink lots of tea, and enjoy the yummiest desserts while traveling around the world but that will have to wait till I have more than just financially stable. But whatever I end up doing, traveling, writing, reading, and drinking tea will definitely be some part of it.

I always told myself I’d marry my career first before I marry someone else. It would be great to find someone to share all my stories with, to wake up at 2AM and talk to someone about my nightmares and worries, and at times I don’t think I want to get married. But it would be really nice to have that on some nights. And if not, I’ll own a country house and write my novels and own some cats and have deers live in my backyard. No big deal, haha.

xo