Philadelphia, PA -- August 26, 2007

Reading The Cairo Trilogy, by Naguib Mahfouz, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. The three books--Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, and Sugar Street-- tell the story of a Cairo family during British colonialism.

His favorite book--War and Peace, by Tolstoy. It’s an excellent novel with philosophical genius, and addresses personal motivations in the war. He likes other Russian novels, but this one is the best.

The difficulty of fiction, really knowing self and understanding self.

Recently he read Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie.

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