Obsessing Over JG Ballard and His Terrible City

All images by James H. Bollen.  By Paul French James H. Bollen is a British photographer, author, and translator based …

Istanbul and Shanghai Between the Wars – Two Sides of the Same Coin

By Paul French We generally think of Shanghai between the world wars as unique, a one-off city forming a crossroads …

City of Reinvention: A Review of Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement

By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham Shanghai is a city of reinvention. The metropolis has transformed over the past two centuries from …

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

By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham Virginia Pye wrote her debut novel, River of Dust, in only 28 days. But as she …