Do Chicks Dig Fatwas?

Question: Do chicks dig fatwas?

Salman Rushdie:  No, they don’t.  They don’t, but they might dig writers though.  I mean I think, no... that wasn’t a great moment actually in terms of girlfriend numbers. 

No, I think women like men who do interesting things.  I think that we’re lucky as men that women are able to look beyond the physical towards something else, and I think people...  I mean I like it in men too.  I like men who do interesting things. And I think that sense that people have had a life that they do something in the world, et cetera.  That is interesting to me and I mean I gather it’s interesting to women as well. 

Recorded November 12, 2010
Interviewed by Max Miller
Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler

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