What Is Wrong with Chinese Universities?

By Austin L. Dean It depends who you ask. A Communist Party official might tell you that the most pressing …

Rereading I Am the Messenger

By Angela Yuen I Am the Messenger, by Marcus Zusak, is an old book for me because I have held …

In Manchuria: A Q & A With Author Michael Meyer

By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham As I wrote back in December when we at the LARB China Blog were suggesting titles …

Hey Phil

By Juan Felipe Herrera for Phil Levine, RIP   They are writing about you Phil – you know good stuff …

Regrets, I’ve Had a Few (But Not Becoming a Lawyer Isn’t One)

By Seth Greenland My father was the biggest Yankee fan I knew but he never wanted me to be Mickey …

An Unclean Break

Image: Antoine Bruy, from “Scrublands” By Joanna Chen A parachute appears, floating in a cloudless sky. It lands with a …

Bare Branches: Speed-Dating Games on Singles Day

By Alec Ash Just as the cold winds sweep the last leaves off Beijing’s trees, November 11 was Singles, or …