December 24, 1979 12:00 PM

Anyone who logs so much flight time hardly ever has even 60 minutes for a movie or record. But reading time abounds, and this year he touts Arabia: A Journey through the Labyrinth, a journal on the Mideast by Jonathan Raban. He found it “funny, entertaining, perceptive—you can smell, taste and hear those countries.” His unfavorite? “Even though I’ve known Judith Krantz for years and like her, Scruples is trash—just preposterous.”

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