LA Review of Books: The Spy Game’s Afoot

While I really enjoy television shows that tell spy stories (Alias, Chuck, The Americans), I very rarely read spy novels. They tend, I’ve found, to be long and tedious: covert action that can be carried out fairly quickly and clearly on screen often takes many pages to describe in print. But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed two spy novels … Continue reading LA Review of Books: The Spy Game’s Afoot

LA Review of Books: Q&A with Shannon Young, Author of “Year of Fire Dragons”

I have a new post up at the LA Review of Books China Blog, in which I interview Hong Kong-based author Shannon Young: Young, however, didn’t originally plan to spend her life writing; she wanted to be an editor. But after graduating from college in 2009, she found many of her plans upended. Publishing jobs … Continue reading LA Review of Books: Q&A with Shannon Young, Author of “Year of Fire Dragons”

LA Review of Books China Blog: “Inconvenient Truths”

I have a new post up at the LA Review of Books China Blog, about two documentaries that were recently censored in China and India: It’s not every week that China-and-India-watchers have parallel stories to chew over, but that’s what’s been happening for the last few days. In both countries, a documentary film about an … Continue reading LA Review of Books China Blog: “Inconvenient Truths”

LA Review of Books: Q&A with Michael Meyer, Author of In Manchuria

Now up at the LA Review of Books China Blog, my interview with Michael Meyer, author of a wonderful new travelogue/history/memoir about life in China’s Northeast called In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China: MEC: You write that you first voiced the idea of moving from Beijing to Wasteland “after … Continue reading LA Review of Books: Q&A with Michael Meyer, Author of In Manchuria