Hooman Majd

Author, journalist

Hooman Majd is a writer based in New York. He has written for GQ, the New York Times, The New Yorker, the New York Observer, Salon and is a contributing editor at Interview.

He often writes on Iranian affairs, and travels regularly to Iran. He has also served as an advisor and translator for two Iranian presidents, Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on their trips to the United States and the United Nations, and has written about those experiences.

Hooman Majd has also had a long career as an executive in the music and film businesses. He was Executive VP of Island Records, where he worked with a diverse group of artists including U2, The Cranberries, Tricky and Melissa Etheridge; and Head of Film and Music at Palm Pictures, where he executive-produced James Toback’s “Black and White” and Khyentse Norbu’s “The Cup” (Cannes 1999).

Majd has had his short fiction published by Serpent’s Tail (London) and Bald Ego (New York). His non-fiction book on Iran, "The Ayatollah Begs To Differ", was published by Doubleday in the Fall of 2008.

Hooman Majd was born in 1957 in Tehran, Iran, and was educated in England and the United States.

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