Chinese cities happily gut their historical districts to rebuild them into cheesy simulacra which in turn will soon see the bulldozer.
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.
Debut autobiographical novel will appeal to fans of Hermann Hesse, Philip K. Dick, J. G. Ballard and other novelists of the uncanny.
When I asked students what they learned in their politics classes, they couldn’t even remember the names of the courses.
If it reclaimed its water system, Beijing could become a great city of canals.
“Monsters cannot be announced. One cannot say: ‘Here are our monsters,’ without immediately turning the monsters into pets” — Derrida
When measured against other ancient civilizations, China is not 5,000 years old but more like 3,000-3,500 years old.
The sexual fees levied on hubby would compensate working wives for the housework they do on top of their day job.
It was not just Shakespeare’s obsession; we can assume virtually the entire audience attending his plays was syphilitic.
Our distaste for the white piano stems from certain associated stars of the Easy Listening school (Liberace, Clayderman, etc.): music for people who don’t like music.
A visit to a nude mixed-bathing Onsen revealed more than passing resemblance to the traditional Japanese dramatic stage.
Profound cultural differences epitomized by Chinese and Japanese Starbucks.
The USA and China both bear the distinction of having the worst health care systems in the world not attributable to national poverty.
The idea of cake, a jokester’s cake for flinging in the customer’s face.
At the Revolutionary University, students vie with another to express how much they enjoy hauling night-soil feces.
That Chinese bathhouses draw families and their children while operating simultaneously as brothels is a phenomenon found nowhere else in the world.