May 03 2012

STANDARD DOODLES: Salman Rushdie’s PEN Festival Self-portrait

Leading lights of the global literati gathered last night at the Top of The Standard to kick off the PEN World Voices Festival and take in a little theater. After a long day of talk about the power of the written word, guests were treated to the U.S. premiere of A Clockwork Orange Operetta, a 30-minute cabaret performance featuring newly discovered lyrics by novelist Anthony Burgess. In the spirit of crossing disciplines, we asked festival chair Salman Rushdie and his co-host for the evening, PEN fest director Jakab Orsós, to draw us a napkin sketch. The results are below. By the way, if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, seats are still available at the box office. Click here for a schedule of remaining events!

Salman's signed self-portrait

Jakab produced a double doodle: The abstract hexagon is his "typical doodle"; the half circle, his "current state of mind."

P.S. For more, check out the Atlantic's fascinating guide to Presidential doodles.