Asked what he thought about the controversy surrounding the proposed Park51 Islamic Cultural Center in Tribeca, professional grump (and formerly hunted author) Salman Rushdie gave the obvious answer
of any intelligent human being: "It's just a stupid argument. Of course they should be able to build a mosque there."
Rushdie then stacked up a pile of Jonathan Franzen's new book, Freedom, and burned it to the ground screaming "Death to middlebrow infidels." True story.