Agents at Newark Liberty International Airport spent several hours interrogating Horsley--dressed in top hat, tails, and red velvet vest--about various incidents described in his book. Then, deciding he was unfit for America, they sent him back to Britain. The press, naturally, jumped on the story, especially overseas papers delighted by the prospect of a writer blackballed from the land of the free. Horsley's publisher, HarperCollins, says book sales immediately doubled. And now the prestigious international writers' group PEN has invited Horsley to speak at a New York conference in April, along with heavyweights like Salman Rushdie and Joyce Carol Oates--if U.S. authorities will let him in.
By Paul Bedard