The NYTimes has an interesting article about the uproar following the publication of Salman Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses.” Given that his recent knighthood raised a strong response from Muslims it’s important to remember that there were plenty of critics here in the West as well. Most important, irregardless of how I may feel about Rushdie’s work or of “Satanic Verses” in particular, I think that the article raises serious questions which writers should consider about freedom of speech vs. self-censorship. Where is the line you won’t cross? How did that line get there? Why won’t you cross it? Asking ourselves these questions may benefit our reading and our writing.