How the state exploits public rage to discipline the population.
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.
The walls of sexual repression within.
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.
A visual tour of coffeehouses around the world by a connoisseur, with a few pointers of advice.
Exotic woman unleashes the emotions in those she comes into contact with.
Sex in the time of coronavirus in China and the U.S.
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.