Los Angeles International Airport. A jumbo jet lunges onto the tarmac and taxis to the terminal. An unusually tall and very thin man with a melancholy face he describes as “looking like a bag full of genitals” strides out of the terminal onto Century Boulevard. It’s Will Self, the novelist once notorious for his addictions and excesses but now known for his eccentric walking habits.
Will has already walked from his home in South London to Heathrow. Now he’ll trek 120 miles across LA to Hollywood for a book he’s writing about the impact of the environment on the human psyche.