April 11, 2024 - 7:00pm

→ Salman Rushdie returns to the spotlight

It’s been nearly two years since Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times at a literary festival in Chautauqua, New York. The author was severely wounded, losing sight in one eye and the use of one of his hands. But now Rushdie appears to be — tentatively — stepping back into the limelight.

On Sunday, 60 Minutes will publish Rushdie’s first TV interview since the attack, in which he talks to journalist Anderson Cooper about his experience. “One of the surgeons who had saved my life said ‘first you were really unlucky and then you were really lucky’,” he commented. Pressed on what the “lucky part was”, Rushdie quoted the doctor as saying that “the man who attacked you had no idea how to kill a man with a knife.” Fortunately, the Midnight’s Children author appears to be as defiant as ever.

→ Latinos want to build a wall

Back in 2016, Donald Trump’s promise to “build a wall” was widely derided by the Left as racist and xenophobic. But new polling on this issue may provide uncomfortable reading for Democrats.

According to a recent poll by Axios, 42% of Latinos said they support building a wall or fence along the entire US–Mexico border — a 12-point jump from December 2021. The poll is another indicator that Trump is building a strong base of Latino voters, with the GOP presidential candidate expected to make further inroads with this group in 2024. Joe Biden, look away.

→ Annie Leibovitz accused of racism

There’s a new theory circulating on X: Annie Leibovitz deliberately takes unflattering photographs of black women. After her recent Vogue shoot with actress Zendaya, various accounts have jumped to suggest that the photographer uses either editing or lighting to make ethnic-minority subjects look bad, in a way that she doesn’t for white public figures.

Examples provided by social media users include Leibovitz’s shots of actresses Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o, and gymnast Simone Biles.

But her supporters are biting back. Leibovitz is known for her muted style and bleak lighting, regardless of the subject of her photos. Others are pointing to the debate as culture wars nonsense, saying critics need to venture outside, touch some grass even. Zendaya can’t mind too much: she had no issue sharing the photos on her Instagram account.