What is travel? Asking this question is like asking, “What is life?” or, “Who are you?” (or, as I’ve frequently been asked, “Who are you?”). The answers to such questions are as numerous as the people asking. The Idiot of Funkyville: Becoming an Everywhere Citizen takes a chronological snapshot of actual personal experiences as a young and less-than-young man living and playing abroad; exploring each of the above questions in the context of a displaced American piecing himself together on foreign turf.
Contained therein: perhaps an excess of sex, more than a healthy dose of drugs, and all the rock ‘n’ roll one can ask for. Balance is achieved as the vignettes build one on top of the next.
Pondering the course of my life from the confines of a Qatari jail cell, reminiscence begins with teenage confusion at a Mexican bar and concludes with grown confusion as an expat in the Middle East. In progression, the narrowing spiral of personal growth leaves finer grained finger prints as the tales evolve through destinations and age. In theory, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. But that’s for the experts to decide.
Having dismounted a train, plane, boat, or rickshaw in nearly forty countries (including Canada), The Idiot of Funkyville documents a life of travel as a point-blank portrayal of my life through travel. And who doesn’t love life and travel both? Whether you’ve already gone or have no intention of ever, ever going near the place, wonder is universal. We all have questions. A good majority of my questions just happened to be pondered abroad.
ABOUT ASH HODEN
Ash Hoden is a writer, foreign correspondent for a California-based design studio, and architect currently living, working, and writing about living and working in Qatar. His pursuits have always involved creation. He firmly believes social contribution is a fundamental requirement for a happy existence. He attended Colorado State University where he received the American Society of Landscape Architect’s Honor Award for exceptional academic design work. In addition to ongoing contributions in the business world, he previously founded an independent design firm and organized CambodiaFund, a method of providing basic school supplies to Cambodian children in need.
The Idiot of Funkyville is his first published book. You can visit Ash Hoden’s website at www.ashhoden.com.
‘A pile of sleeping pads and blankets were stacked in the corner to the right of the door at the base of the only vacant wall. A radio blasted 1990s American R&B. I couldn’t decide if it was someone’s idea of a mix tape or someone’s idea of a radio station. I stood just inside the door and stared blankly at the surroundings, no longer freaked, just stunned. I was in jail for extending my middle finger.’
‘From the moment the bus gave out, the journey felt oddly appropriate. We were handed an opportunity to walk in two worlds at once, the acoustic and the digital. In spite of everything moving to the same measure (as Everything always does), as individuals we had to accept it. Otherwise the opportunity would be missed. It would be a temporary inconvenience and a story to tell our kids.’
‘”Alright, you want to cross the street? HERE, is how it’s done.” And he stood, taking his time getting to his feet because I was a simpleton and nothing emphasizes that point better than prolonged effort applied to simple tasks. He stepped into traffic. And spoke, “By placing one foot in front of the next.” He swaggered slowly across the street. All cars stopped without honking. People moved out of his way. I was utterly amazed. Not because I met a cow with a gift for words, but, because The Cow was right.”
The Idiot of Funkyville Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule
Monday, May 6 – 1st chapter reveal at Freda’s Voice
Wednesday, May 8 – Guest blogging at Between the Covers
Friday, May 10 – Interviewed at Review From Here
Tuesday, May 14 – 1st chapter reveal at Parenting 2.0
Wednesday, May 15 – Guest blogging at Allvoices
Thursday, May 16 – Interviewed at Examiner
Monday, May 20 – Guest blogging at Books, Books, the Magical Fruit
Wednesday, May 22 – Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book
Thursday, May 23 – Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz
Monday, May 27 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Tuesday, May 28 – Guest blogging at The Writer’s Life
Thursday, May 30 – Book featured at Authors and Reader’s Book Corner
Wednesday, June 5 – Interviewed at Digital Journal
Thursday, June 6 – Guest blogging at Redroom
Friday, June 7 – Interviewed at Blogher
Monday, June 10 – Interviewed at Books, Books, the Magical Fruit
Tuesday, June 11 – Guest blogging at Allvoices
Wednesday, June 12 – Book featured at Literarily Speaking
Thursday, June 13 – Book featured at Plug Your Book
Friday, June 14 – Guest blogging at My Cozie Corner
Monday, June 17 – Guest blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Tuesday, June 18 – 1st chapter reveal at As the Pages Turn
Wednesday, June 19 – Interviewed at Between the Covers
Thursday, June 20 – Book featured at My Cozie Corner
Friday, June 21 – Guest blogging at Reading Through Life One Page at a Time
Monday, June 24 – Book featured at Beyond the Books
Tuesday, June 25 – Interviewed at Broowaha
Wednesday, June 26 – Interviewed at The Writer’s Life
Thursday, June 27 – Guest blogging at I’m Shelf-ish
Friday, June 28 – Book reviewed at The Self-Taught Cook