I do feel bad that I’ve had to put this site on hiatus for a bit while I focus on two new writing gigs plus finishing up dissertation matters. Fear not, there will be no posts, exclusive to The Granite Studio, coming in the new year. In the meanwhile, I’d like to post links to some of my jottings over at Rectified.name.
Hu Jintao and the Ghost of Mao
Two new posts over at partner site Rectified.name:
Dude, Have you Seen my Emperor? – “Have you seen my once-in-a-decade-transition leader? If so, please send him home. You can’t imagine Hu’s missing him since Wen.”
Seriously, Hooked on Nationalism - Frankly, every time I hear the phrase “history says…” I want to try and remove my own corneas with a shrimp fork.
I am a large mammal from a cold climate. There’s no rational reason for anyone in my condition to willingly visit India in the summer. And yet I am leaving for Delhi on Thursday and couldn’t be more excited. The first in a series on Rectified.name.
There’s a new edition of the very cool Sinica Podcast all about Manchus. You’ll just have to picture the look of pain on Kaiser’s face as I burst into song discussing the dilemma of Wu Sangui.
By the way, if you’re one of the three or four people who haven’t yet heard last week’s episode of This American Life hosted by Evan Osnos and featuring Kaiser and his gang of merry Sinicates, then do so now. Part II is excellent as well with author Michael Meyer (The Last Days of Old Beijing) reading an excerpt from his new book, In Manchuria, all about life in a village in Northeast China.
I don’t know where Leeds is, but the reaction by China to an appearance by the Dalai Lama there is is China at its soft power worst, scoring goals in its own net and making it exponentially harder to convince the rest of the world that the country is being run by grown-ups. A new post at Rectified.name.