Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: the Bad #5 and The Ugly

5. No-Brakes Guy I’m compiling quite an archive of insane people out here. There’s Chain Bullwhip Guy, Chinese White Supremacist Guy, Random Question Guy/s, and a host of others. (No time to write about all these here if you haven’t yet encountered them. Check out my blog if you want: http://rob.easternity.com/). Add to that a guy I met a few… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Bad #3 and #4

3. The Library Why not mention the school library here? When we were in Taiwan, I went to the university library there and thoroughly enjoyed it, though I didn’t think it was nearly as nice as most university libraries in the States. My mainland friends lost their minds. “They have SOFAS!” hissed one of my friends when I ran into… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Bad #1 and #2

1. Slow Service There’s a hotel directly across from our dorm, the first floor of which houses a very good, and fairly inexpensive, restaurant. Their noodles are good enough to impress my Shanxi friends, and most of their dishes are priced so low that even if they didn’t taste too good you’d still feel like you were getting away with… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Good #5

5. Chinese Literature There’s a lot about graduate study in China I can’t stand. Most of the system, really. But when it comes to what we actually study, it’s hard to get cynical. It’s a crying shame to me that so few Chinese writers of the past thirty years have found an audience in the West because I would put… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Good #3 and #4

3. Mandarin Orange Season Better than Christmas. No lie. Although that’s become a more fluid statement than it used to be, what with Christmas creeping farther and farther back into the calendar like a jaguar on the hunt. Give it a few more years and we’ll be celebrating the scant not-Christmas days in our calendar like the Mad Hatter’s un-birthday.… (more…)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Good #1 and #2

I send out a little E-mail to a bunch of people occasionally detailing things I like and don’t like. In the interest of putting more material on this little blog, I’ve decided to put the E-mail content here. So here we go, in daily installments: 1. When a line of thought coalesces It isn’t often that I pursue a line… (more…)

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Once a Rook, Always a Rook

You know what I hate? Making rookie mistakes, especially after being in China for 8 years. This time around I forsook one of the cardinal rules for peaceful living out here: assume nothing. Just because someone gives you directions doesn’t mean they have any idea where something is. Just because you got a killer bowl of beef stew in a… (more…)

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