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The Reason to Write


As a child living in the English countryside, a constant stream of people turned up at Tahir Shah’s family home, all in search of his father – the writer and thinker Idries Shah. Among them were literary giants, including the classicist Robert Graves, Nobel laureate Doris Lessing, and the celebrated American novelist, J. D. Salinger.
On one occasion when Salinger had just departed, Tahir asked why the author of The Catcher in the Rye wrote books at all. His father responded by saying: ‘Sal...

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