Glimmers of Shanghai’s modernity in a 19th-century courtesan novel.
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.
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.
Novelist, essayist, satirist, literary provocateur, polyamorous pansexual China-based anti-Trump American expat.