Recently Saad Z. Hossain arrived in LA to launch his debut novel, Escape from Baghdad!. A day before the release party he hopped into a van with LA writer Mark Haskell Smith and quickly explained that he wrote most of his book while sitting in the back of cars in the brutal traffic of his native Dhaka, Bangladesh. In this video, Hossain and Smith look to find out which city, LA or Dhaka, is the biggest hot mess, and therefore (at least to them, both writers) the better place to write.

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Mark Haskell Smith is an LA-based author, whose latest novel is Naked at Lunch.