Dystopian satire distilling the worst of our present and future into a strangely seductive maze of a story.
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.
How Quincy Carroll’s Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside stacks up against other recent China expat classics.
Wending my way through Mekong River territory to sample some of the world’s most varied massage offerings.
Satirical review of the latest addition to Chinese socialist realist fiction.
What happens when wayward algorithms are allowed to censor content on social media.
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Essays on Western culture ranging from the last Ice Age to the Renaissance to contemporary America’s obsessions and hysterias.