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Isham Cook

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.

Anglish and English: Why our language is 750 and not 1,500 years old

The conventional history of English force-fed to university students benefits no one but the academic textbook business and its tired stakeholders.

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An American talisman

Only a perverted and schizophrenic society dangles sexual temptations to ever-younger people and punishes them brutally.