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Writing America (Part One of Two)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

When I first received the invitation to participate in Writers in Motion 2011, a project of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in another IWP undertaking.

Bridging Divides

Giving Peace a Chance

Faction's Factions

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I recently finished the novel The File on H by Albanian writer Ismail Kadare, which I thoroughly enjoyed for its deadpan absurdity. Kadare won the Man Booker International Prize in 2005, which is given to a writer for a body of work rather than a single book. The File on H sends up the paranoia of a Communist country with a surveillance culture.

Zero Sum Game

What is an Englishman to Do?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

BEIJING - “Do you think this book should be thought of like Super Girls or Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon ?” A language partner and I were discussing the new release by Jonathan Watts titled When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind – Or Destroy It (Faber & Faber, 2010).

BK Book Fest: Life in Pictures

Monday, September 13, 2010

“Comics” aren't always funny.

The University on the Skids

Strangers in Strange Lands

From Oligarch to Martyr