23 August 2007 0 Comments

Saudi detective coming from Houghton Mifflin

I’ve just read an advance copy of a terrific new mystery that’ll be out next year from Houghton Mifflin. Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris opens a detailed window into the daily life of rich Saudis. That’s a culture often caricatured or vilified. I’m delighted that Ferraris has lifted the veil on this repressed, yet fascinating […]

20 July 2007 0 Comments

"Quick, woman, go and get the Koran!"

I have never been a religious man. Which is why I’ve always wondered why so many Palestinians want me to become Muslim. I’ve been asked, quite formally, to accept Islam on three occasions during the course of my reporting from the Middle East. Two of them I consider to have been somewhat pro forma queries […]