NOTES ON LUIS BUÑUEL (AND JEANNE MOREAU AND CHARLIE CHAPLIN)
Dear Mr. Rushdie,
It is such a delight to feel the way you craft your personal essays—that you bring into them the love of mythology and symbolism that you so masterfully weave into your fiction—only here, the deified truly did once walk the earth!
Am thrilled to have time to read all the rest. You will make my healing from Covid that much better; as I sit, life waylaid in bed, is there a richer food I can give my soul & my mind than your words?
Love & admiration,
Pedro B. Gorman
What a pleasure to have an insight into Mr Rushdie's life..
Keep writing, keep sharing..
Thankyou, Mr Salman Rushdie! I adore your writing.
That Chaplin story :) and I am so thrilled we watch some of the same shows-Lupin,Call My Agent,Ted Lasso.I am going to brag to my kids now :)
This is a joy to read. Thank you, Salman.
The "Immaculate Conception" is not that of Christ but of his mother Mary. The quote from *My Last Breath* is "At a certain period in America it was said that the making of a dry martini should resemble the Immaculate Conception, for, as Saint Thomas Aquinas once noted, the generative power of the Holy Ghost pierced the Virgin’s hymen “like a ray of sunlight through a window-leaving it unbroken.” Great story, just misunderstood or misremembered doctrine by Buñuel.
Well Rushdie hated Trump that's for sure. I voted for Trump as I knew he was going to bring the house down and that is what I wanted. This capitalistic world is unfixable. Whever you look it is so complicated with corruption it cannot be fixed and you have thousands, millions of "political machines" just like that. When you rehab houses there is a point when you must demolish it because it cannot be rehabbed. Unless you are Polish in Warsaw after WWII with all the stones and rubble of Old Town.
I've read a good few of your wonderful books, but had no idea of your real voice until I heard you in an interview with The Guardian today, a podcast about Substack. The writing here seems to have the same intimacy as that interview, and the humour and insights are all the more interesting for it. Compared to television, with radio, I've heard it said, there is an audience of one.* I can see what they're getting at, but I've never felt it. This newsletter format makes me feel it – somewhat. And it feels good. I look forward to new instalments. (*Philip Adams, Late Night Live, ABC, Australia)
Salman Rushdie is a shit man.
I would never imagine you watching the MCU films. Why stop there... wondering what porn you watched thru the 70s-90s n then thru the pandemic.
Maybe thats too "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Cinema verite like
With traumatic events happening in the world, it is easy not to believe in god, more difficult not to believe in the devil though. Also I was once rejected a ride by a black cab driver so he could pick up John Mccririck, it doesn’t have the same prestige as Chaplin
This is such a wonderful post! Gives me movies and book titles to try. Thanks for sharing this.
Oh, I'm so happy you're on here! I love The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie too - also Belle de Jour, I like the way Bunuel picks into people and finds everything slightly amusing. I think he would be an excellent person to go and have a martini with, but by the end of the drink you would want to hit him with the bottle.
Love the Chaplin and cab driver story!
Hi Salman. Why don't you tell us about your time with Arthur Miller?