As Elie points out in his article, Rushdie eventually came out of hiding, moved to New York, and spent “a thousand and one nights chronicled unkindly in the tabloids, whose columnists seemed to begrudge him his very existence.” He still has to always look over his shoulder, but the Salman Rushdie of the 21st century is more than just an author: he’s a figurehead, a knight, and he maybe had a thing with Courtney Love. Not so bad for a guy who was Public Enemy #1 to a big group of people at one time, but it’s hard to look at the books Rushdie has given us since his reemergence and not think that Rushdie the Writer has been replaced by Rushdie the Public Figure. He is, and will forever remain, one of the most important literary figures of his generation based on what he went though and what he stands for. Should we be asking much more from him? But after a quarter-century of talking about Rushdie’s perseverance, more discussion of Rushdie as writer might be in order. Hopefully he gives us a chance to do that again.