HOOMAN MAJD was born in Tehran, Iran in 1957, and lived abroad from infancy with his family who were in the diplomatic service. He attended boarding school in England and college in the United States, and stayed in the U.S. after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Majd 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. He now writes for GQ, Newsweek, The New York Times and many others, and has been a regular contributor to The Huffington Post from its inception. He lives in New York City and travels regularly back to Iran. His first book, The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, was published in 2008.