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Annual Reading List

An ongoing list of books I’ve read, in chronological order. 2015 Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power – Jon Meacham Thirteen Days in September – Lawrence Wright The Price of Politics – Bob Woodward The Revolution was Televised – Alan Sepinwall A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson Down and Dirty Pictures – Peter Biskind Good in a Room – Stephanie Palmer… Read More

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George’s Guide to Avoid Getting Bitten by Mosquitoes

An edited version of this column is available on the Beijinger blog and in the April 2014 issue of the Beijinger. Mosquitoes are nature’s most sadistic creation. Quiet and unseen, they subsist by sucking the very lifeblood from others, offering nothing in return but pain and misery. They are the investment bankers of the animal kingdom. Every summer, millions of mosquitoes invade our homes, offices and the… Read More

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Who Owns the Restaurant?

An edited version of this column is available on the Beijinger blog and in the April 2014 issue of the Beijinger. The woman at the table next to me was shouting at the restaurant owner’s wife. By the time I tuned in, the argument was well underway. “Why not? I’m a paying customer,” the woman was saying. “You’ve had too much to drink already,” the wife responded. I… Read More

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We Need to Talk about Beijing

A less offensive version of this column is available in the June 2013 issue of the Beijinger. by Lionel Shriver When I wrote my column for Standpoint magazine, whingeing about Beijing’s dreary air and architecture, I didn’t think it would be a big deal. Sure, I described the city as “dystopic” and dubbed it “the ugliest city I’d ever seen,” but it wasn’t an… Read More