Isham Cook’s latest books and blogs and other news on related topics.
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.
Essays on Western culture ranging from the last Ice Age to the Renaissance to contemporary America’s obsessions and hysterias.
The conventional history of English force-fed to university students benefits no one but the academic textbook business and its tired stakeholders.
Only a perverted and schizophrenic society dangles sexual temptations to ever-younger people and punishes them brutally.
An atheist patiently explains why most atheists are really believers in disguise.
Why this vicious satire of contemporary China that’s causing readers to gag had to be written.
Lande’s historical novel set during the Taiping Rebellion cultivates a richly textured and musical English.