By Sara Nelson
New York Post, Page 38
Media City column
...Author Salman Rushdie can't seem to stay out of trouble with Islamic fundamentalists. Once the object of a fatwa by the Iranian Ayatollah for the beliefs expressed in his novel, "The Satanic Verses," Rushdie is now coming under fire in India and Pakistan for an essay he has contributed to a forthcoming book called "XXX: 30 Porn Stars."
Blackbook, Fall 2004
Last summer, Ashkan Sahihi had a relatively unusual problem for an artist. He was wondering whether people would jerk off to his new gallery show.
"I was struggling with this for a while," he says of the series, Cum Shots, which features nine photographs of everyday people, their faces spackled with real sperm. "Will it be used as another tool to satisfy yourself, to jerk off to?" The idea, he says, was to highlight-or may be subvert-the "pornification" of mainstream culture. The idea was not for people to jack off. "I didn't want to give people that back door."