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Wednesday, July 2 2014

‘Boy in the Twilight: Stories of the Hidden China’ Is both Trivial and Expansive

There is nothing hidden about the world of these stories, and Yu Hua’s writing is defined by its plainspoken voice and depiction of quotidian lives.


Tuesday, March 25 2014

Shigeru Mizuki’s ‘Showa’ Is a Melting Pot of Manga, Photo Realism, Memoir & Narrative History

A Japanese period of heightened tension, military marches, and personal discovery.


Thursday, August 29 2013

‘Savage Continent’ Explodes the Myths Behind the ‘Greatest Generation’

Keith Lowe has synthesized the latest scholarship to explore the unprecedented physical and moral destruction of Europe after World War II.


Monday, June 10 2013

Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Matters

George R.R. Martin's series looks and feels like a historical drama, except the audience doesn't know how the story will turn out. Martin's 'fantasy' is preoccupied with power -- its relations, differentials and dynamics -- because he's interested in the way 'history' is really made.


Sunday, August 5 2012

Standing at the Edge of a Cliff: China in Two Books

Like the scene in romantic movies where two lovers see each other from across a crowded room and begin running towards one another, culturally the US seems to be rushing towards China as fast as China is rushing towards the US.


Thursday, November 3 2011

‘Masters of Doom’ A Great Man History of Gaming

In recounting the rise of John Carmack and John Romero, Masters of Doom chronicles two of video games' most influential creators and documents pivotal years in the medium's history.


Wednesday, November 2 2011

Barbarians Against Barbarians: Henry Kissinger’s ‘On China’

The diplomat believes he’s a skillful player, he believes he’s in control; but the game is much bigger than he is, and defines what he can and cannot do.


Thursday, October 20 2011

‘The Origins of Political Order’ Is Delightfully Bipartisan and Sure to Raise Eyebrows

The esteemed political scientist's latest book provides a thought-provoking look at the political history of past civilizations, and is sure to offer plenty of fodder for conversations about the present.


Thursday, September 8 2011

Telling Hamlet What to Do: Video Games, Art, and Cultural Hierarchies

Games have not stumbled upon a new way of creating and interacting with art, they have rediscovered an older system.


Thursday, August 25 2011

Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future

A up-close account of a city—and a world—at a thrilling and confounding moment in history, in which nothing can be counted as stable, from the sidewalk underfoot to Western assumptions about democracy and progress.


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Josh Rouse: El Turista (Reviews) [10.Mar.10]
P.K. 14 + Xiao He: 14.Nov.09 - Washington DC (Notes from the Road) [16.Nov.09]
Crime, Delirium, and Paris (Columns) [29.Oct.09]
Beijing Coma by Ma Jian (Reviews) [22.Oct.09]
Mamer: Eagle (Reviews) [24.Jun.09]
Travelling in Video Games (Moving Pixels) [5.May.09]
Licentious Gotham by Donna Dennis (Reviews) [27.Apr.09]
In Cod We Trust & Magic Bus (Reviews) [2.Apr.09]
China blocks YouTube videos (News) [25.Mar.09]
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