Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Confucius, Mao, and the Little Red Book

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All Photos by Jeffrey Wasserstrom I’ve just returned from a trip to China that began with a week in Shanghai, where I participated in one literary festival, and ended with a few days in Beijing, where I had a small role in another bookish event of the same kind.  It was good to go back […]


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Life on Books: The Naked Bookseller Goes to New York

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A few weeks ago, the Naked Bookseller went to New York City. Skidding across icy, treacherous conditions, everyone we ran into seemed to have a grisly tale of a sidewalk wipe-out. No doubt, it’s been a long, hard winter in the City. Still, despite the windsheer of chilling sub-zero gusts, everywhere we turned there seemed […]


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The Other Shore: On Virginia Pye’s River of Dust

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By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham Virginia Pye wrote her debut novel, River of Dust, in only 28 days. But as she recently explained during a session that I moderated at the Shanghai International Literary Festival, the book was a hundred years in the making. Pye’s family has a long history in China. Her grandparents served as […]

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A Letter From Executive Editor Jonathan Hahn

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Does an academic boycott of Israel advance, or damage, the cause for peace in the Middle East? This and related questions around the wisdom of academic activism in general have recently brought some scholars and populist movements together, while they have torn other colleagues apart. The BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement has become the locus […]


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A Short Look at the Long Literary History of Spies in Asia

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By Paul French One of the most noteworthy books set to hit the U.S. market next week is Olivia Milburn and Christopher Payne’s English translation of bestselling Chinese espionage author Mai Jia’s latest thriller, Decoded, which was published in other markets last year and has already generated a good deal of interest in the U.K.  […]


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Grassroots NGOs

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By Tong Lam For many Chinese people, their exposure to the concept of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and their potential for civic action can be traced back to 1995, when Beijing hosted the Fourth World Conference on Women. In early September that year, thousands of international NGO delegates arrived in Beijing to discuss issues of equality, […]


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LARB Launches the Second Issue of the Quarterly Journal

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This Sunday, please join the Los Angeles Review of Books in celebrating the launch of the second issue of the LARB Quarterly Journal. With readings by Geoff Nicholson, Dinah Lenney, Alice Bolin, and Victoria Dailey at the Mandrake in Los Angeles. The LARB Quarterly Journal is a testament to the fact that print is still […]


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