After we were subjected to the Thomas Fire and its aftermath in the fatal debris flows of January, we now face an entire state ablaze. What to do? Well, we are now reaping the harvest of shills like Bush and Trump, who deny climate change in the interest of giving the world over to the corporations that value only profit and nothing more, not human life, not animal life, not the continued existence of our own species.. I wrote about global warming back in 2000 with "A Friend of the Earth," projecting to the preposterously far-off date of 2026 for all this to hit us--but, and it's no joke now, I should have projected to 2018. Some of you may have seen my non-fiction piece in The New Yorker online back in January about the Montecito disaster, material I have used (in part) in my most recent short story in that magazine ("I Walk Between the Raindrops," July 30). Meanwhile, on a happier note, I have posted on Twitter the preliminary schedule for the German/Swiss/Austrian tour for the coming novel, "Das Licht," which my long-time German publisher, Hanser Verlag, will release in February, and my American and British publishers, Ecco and Bloomsbury, respectively, will publish in April under the original title, "Outside Looking In." The American tour will kick off on April 9, with my appearance at the 92nd St. Y. This is a book about the early days of LSD and its use clinically as a psychiatric tool, after which it broke out into society. The characters are fictional, but the facts are real, as are a couple of historical figures who play roles here: Albert Hofmann and Timothy Leary. It is a wild ride. And yes, there will be a certain page deep into the text that will feature a little tab and an arrow that says, "Lick Here."