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This segment of Rear Window features Hooman Majd, who had a long career in the entertainment business before devoting himself to writing and journalism full-time. He worked at Island Records and Polygram Records for many years, with a diverse group of artists, and was head of film and music at Palm Pictures, where he produced The Cup and James Toback's Black and White.
Majd’s book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ was published in 2008, and his latest book The Ayatollahs’ Democracy will be published in the Fall of 2010.
Hooman Majd has also written for GQ, Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Politico, The New York Observer, Interview, The Daily Beast, and Salon, among others. He has also published short fiction in literary journals such as Guernica, The American Scholar, and Bald Ego. He lives in New York City and travels regularly back to Iran.
“… we need to get to the point where we realize we have to save our planet and we have to learn how to live together without killing each other, beating each other up, robbing each other, and taking advantage of each other … But I’m not sure that humans will get there. We may destroy ourselves before that.”