World Voices Meet in the Big Apple

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature runs through Sunday. It brings 150 writers from 40 countries to New York to discuss everything from Arab democracy and prison policy in the United States to the state of poetry and the future of publishing.

This morning those who wished to rub shoulders with fellow bookish types at someplace sexier than a library or lecture hall could join the “karma chain” Saturday at 11 a.m. on the High Line.

Here’s how it worked: A Tibetan lama, dressed in full ceremonial garb and flanked by two traditional longhorn trumpet players,  whispered a mantra in the ear of the first person, who will then pass it along the line of participants until, blocks away, it reaches Salman Rushdie, the festival’s chairman. Rushdie will then deliver the original message and the hopefully not-too-mangled received version out loud — and on Twitter.

~ by eneryvibes on 1,April 30, 2011.

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