Wouldn’t be egregious except that this is a bookstore. The Popular Bookmall, to be exact. (Actual name.)
The Chinese food entry in the “ZAGAT Guide to World Cuisine: 2010,” from Earth (The Book), which I picked up again (and am now having a hard time putting down, again) to help teach the satire lesson of my humor-writing course.
I spent one of my first nights in Nanjing with a Chinese girl with blonde-streaked cropped hair, who sported fishnet stockings, a short skirt, and a thorny red rose tattoo that snaked up her leg. She swore like a truck driver and went by the moniker Ruan Ruan; she wouldn’t tell me her real name. All throughout the summer of 2010, girls in the bar would stare at her and whisper her name; she was a citywide celebrity as the front woman of a Chinese punk band called Overdose. Their latest album, Die With Me, had taken its name from the title track, in which she wails about a girl getting an abortion.
Finished They Eat Puppies, Don’t They? the other day. Not recommended, despite the Times’ claims to the contrary (“Uproarious!” “Hours of comic respite!” “Utterly handled!”). Turns out the excerpt I quoted a few months ago was one of the only truly good lines in the book, and the characters are flatter than a Kindle screen.
James Fallows, in Postcards from Tomorrow Square, an excellent primer on China in the 21st century
From “Their Own Worst Enemy,” in The Atlantic, excerpted in Postcards from Tomorrow Square, which I finally finished. I promise this will be the last time I quote Fallows on this blog. This year, anyway.
Expected: Da Vinci Code; John Grisham; Stieg Larsson; various Moon guides; various Lonely Planets; Eat, Pray, Love; The Rule of Four; Janet Evanovich; Chindia: How China and India are Revolutionizing Global Business
Less expected: Thomas Pynchon; Calculus, Volume I; The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists; the HOLY BIBLE (adjacent to The Game); Decision Points (a.k.a. the George W. Bush memoir); Hung DVDs, Seasons 2 & 3