April 2018: A new non-fiction book published this month is Saama, describing an overland trip to India in 1974. (Please see the Non-Fiction page for more details.)
Based on a diary I kept at the time, this is a portrait of an arrogant young man having the stuffing knocked out of him. The photographs and drawings include one of the author sprawled on a bed in a Kathmandu flop-house with a silly spaced out smile that now reminds me of Alfred E.Neumann in ‘Mad’ magazine. For all that, it’s a poignant book. This is a girl I encountered in a backstreet in Herat, Afghanistan.