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Salman Rushdie to John Updike
Neither of these writers is unfamiliar with being critiqued, but, my did Rushdie get all worked up when Updike didn't like his novel "Shalimar the Clown." Rushdie lashed out at Updike in a way that was, I'm sure, gratifying for everyone who loathes Updike for the exact reasons that Rushdie points out, but it was also probably confusing because, generally, those who dislike Updike don't feel too warmly toward Rushdie either. Anyway, here's what was said:
"Somewhere in Las Vegas there's probably a male prostitute called ‘John Updike’... [Updike should] stay in his parochial neighborhood and write about wife-swapping, because it's what he can do."