William Finnegan is a staff writer for the New Yorker, one of the world’s premier literary magazines. You wouldn’t think they’d have a hardcore surfer on staff, but they do, and thank Huey for that, because he’s written a memoir on his surfing peregrinations, way back when you basically had to be a bum to travel off the beaten paths of the the world looking for surf. He was one of the first surfers to find Tavarua the hard way.
New York Times: “Extraordinary…[ Barbarian Days] is in many ways, and for the first time, a surfer in full. And it is cause for throwing your wet-suit hoods in the air…If the book has a flaw, it lies in the envy helplessly induced in the armchair surf-traveler by so many lusty affairs with waves that are the supermodels of the surf world. Still, Finnegan considerately shows himself paying the price of admission in a few near drownings, and these are among the most electrifying moments in the book…There are too many breathtaking, original things in Barbarian Days to do more than mention here—observations about surfing that have simply never been made before, or certainly never so well.”
The book will be released tomorrow: Barbarian Days
My novel of contemporary Bali exploring the mass killings of 1965 is now available at Apple iBooks: Bones of the Dark Moon