Now that Californication is over and he’s free of that sex addiction, David Duchovny has some extra time on his hands. And so, like many celebrities do when they’re between projects, he’s venturing into the world of children’s publishing. But Duchovny’s book isn’t your typical gentle tale of ballerina mice or magic galoshes or whatever; instead, he’s using his celebrity soapbox to weigh in on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
The book is called Holy Cow: A Modern Day Fairy Tale, and earlier this year Duchovny told Rolling Stone that “it’s a fable, like Animal Farm or Charlotte’s Web.” The plot revolves around a cow named Elsie Bovary who teams up with a Jewish pig named Shalom and Tom—a turkey with an iPhone—to travel the world and bring peace to the Middle East. Here’s how the official description characterizes this motley barnyard crew:
Elsie is our wise-cracking, pop-culture-reference-dropping, slyly witty narrator; Tom — who does eventually learn to fly (sort of) — dispenses psychiatric advice in a fake German accent; and Shalom, rejected by his adopted people in Jerusalem, ends up unexpectedly uniting Israelis and Palestinians. David Duchovny’s charismatic creatures point the way toward a mutual understanding and acceptance that the world desperately needs.
Holy Cow: A Modern Day Fairy Tale isn’t due to hit shelves until February, but superfans of Duchovny and sensible solutions in the Middle East can pre-order copies on the Powell’s Books website.