A visual tour of coffeehouses around the world by a connoisseur, with a few pointers of advice.
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.
Exotic woman unleashes the emotions in those she comes into contact with.
Sex in the time of coronavirus in China and the U.S.
The U.S. Government is more responsible for the Covid-19 carnage than the virus itself.
Book review essays tell China’s history over the past two centuries.
Difficult novels — and that’s a good thing — by Chinese and foreign expat authors.
The term “expatriate” is a misnomer and misrepresents the life lived abroad.
A few maps put Paul French’s “true crime” story in perspective.
A brief history of travel in China and the challenges of inhospitality.
Glimmers of Shanghai’s modernity in a 19th-century courtesan novel.
Things are grim on the ground but the tradition lives on in pictures.
An investigation of intoxicants in the time of Confucius.
Writers who play carelessly with time may leave the language in tatters.
The U.S. sexual surveillance state horror.
Reviews of McKenna’s The Sand Pebbles, Mason’s The World of Suzie Wong, Arsan’s Emmanuelle, and Reynolds’ A Woman from Bangkok.