In conversation with Don George
This book begins less than two months after writer-photographer Douglas Cruickshank arrives in Africa. Over the next two-and-half years, he writes about his experiences and takes photographs virtually every day. The book combines selections from those words and pictures to give the reader an intimate view of life in contemporary Uganda, a place of dramatic beauty, great contradictions, a carpe diem culture, and vibrant, lion-hearted people. It is a country where the full spectrum of human emotions—from heartbreak to hilarity—is everywhere on display.
Somehow: Living on Uganda Time ($60.00) contains dozens of essays and intimate, powerful photographs. The writing ranges from the poignant and purely observational to sometimes jocular discussions of daily life in Uganda, as well as sojourns to Zanzibar and South Africa. The people—both Africans and expats—the extraordinary animals, and the complex culture are recurring subjects that all contribute to the richness, texture and seductiveness of this unusual and engaging book.
Douglas Cruickshank has written journalism, travel stories, profiles, essays and opinion pieces for many magazines, newspapers and web sites, and has worked in radio, television and film-making. He has been a photographer for more than four decades, a columnist and editor for Salon.com, and has edited numerous books. He was also the co-founder and editor of The Fessenden Review, the noisiest book review in the known world. Later, he was features editor for The Readerville Journal and editor of Edutopia.com, the Web site of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. In 1965, his sheep, Lambchop, was awarded the Grand Champion ribbon at the Alameda County Fair.