2008_10_salman.jpgA Gawker reader spotted novelist Salman Rushdie on the 6 train. One commenter asked, "Does an award-winning, socially critical novelist not deserve a seat? And you call this civilization..." Not to mention a novelist with a fatwa! Back in 2000, the Observer reported on Rushdie's man-about-town ways, and one book agent bitterly said, "I was so pissed to be in the restaurant with him. I'm going to be mad, and dead... We can't enjoy our meal. We don't want to die because of his fatwa. It's so passive-aggressive toward people in Manhattan. We have enough trouble here." Rushdie has always liked NYC—his first public appearance post-fatwa was at Columbia in 1991.