Twitter is blowing up right now over some “satanic” tweets by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (@Jack) made back in 2006. In light of the Podesta emails and #spiritcooking thing, talking about “satanic verses” while cooking pasta is probably the worst possible thing Dorsey could have tweeted.
Here’s the first one (source):
Then there’s this one, with outrage below (source):
While these tweets are indeed titillating at first glance, the logical conclusion is that Jack was reading Salman Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses.”
The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie’s fourth novel, first published in 1988 and inspired in part by the life of Muhammad. As with his previous books, Rushdie used magical realism and relied on contemporary events and people to create his characters. The title refers to the satanic verses, a group of Quranic verses that allow intercessory prayers to be made to three Pagan Meccan goddesses: Allāt, Uzza, and Manāt. The part of the story that deals with the “satanic verses” was based on accounts from the historians al-Waqidi and al-Tabari. (Wikipedia)
Looking up page 307 of the book, we find the following passage which apparently made Jack cry in his pasta:
‘ACID BATH’: She drowned while high on LSD (“acid”), but in various industrial processes metals are dipped into a literal “acid bath.”
And what did Jack need to turn back to on pages 86 and 87 for comfort?
Devout Sikhs never trim their beards or hair (Hindi).
While it doesn’t look like @Jack is a spirit cook, I think we’ve found the source of his power.