Quick trouble for a free-thinking family in rural Qing-Dynasty China.
American essayist and novelist based in China since 1994. Writing philosophy: downmarket, big concept, provocative, discriminating, outrageous. Ballard, Beckett, Borges, Dick, Kafka, Hesse, Melville, Mishima, Sade are influences.
Music and totalitarianism
What happens to music when the state gets its hands on it.
Datura and the psychedelic Tao
Taoist sexual technology supercharged by the world’s most powerful entheogen.
Isham Cook’s China book picks by Book Shepherd
15 China books recommended by Isham Cook plus a few of his own.
Sexual Fascism: Essays
Under the mass surveillance of erotic intimacy, sexual freedom is retreating even as it appears to be advancing.
The state of rage: The American sexual dystopia
How the state exploits public rage to discipline the population.
Transgressions: From porn to polyamory
The walls of sexual repression within.
The sewage system, or What is fascism?
How fascism works, with a special emphasis on the USA.
The surprising matter revealed when we really look into the toilet and everything it stands for.
The classic coffeehouse: Ten essentials
A visual tour of coffeehouses around the world by a connoisseur, with a few pointers of advice.
The Mustachioed Woman of Shanghai. A novel.
Exotic woman unleashes the emotions in those she comes into contact with.
Sexual surveillance in the Covid-19 era
Sex in the time of coronavirus in China and the U.S.
Confucius and Opium: China Book Reviews
Book review essays tell China’s history over the past two centuries.
Writing China in English: Recent novels
Difficult novels — and that’s a good thing — by Chinese and foreign expat authors.
The adorable expatriate eccentric
The term “expatriate” is a misnomer and misrepresents the life lived abroad.