In honor of Naipaul’s 82nd birthday today I have decided to reblog a post I originally wrote in 2007.
“The World is what it is. Men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.” V. S. Naipaul, from A Bend in the River
I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet more than a few of the people I most admire in the world. Not everyone can meet his or her heroes. Most of mine are authors, and some of them are still living. Of all the people I have met (and this includes Pope John Paul II) I have only felt intimidated to meet just one: V. S. Naipaul.
I met Naipaul when I went to hear him speak at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. He was there to promote his book, an anthology of letters he exchanged with his late father. I had just finished reading his book, Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples, and I…
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