Fun with knives. Mohsin Hamid. A blog tour.
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 Shanghai Lady

I'm on a roll these days. Went to my second author reading in as many weeks. This time with the charismatic Mohsin Hamid. The reading was organized by the John Adams Institute in a decommissioned church, De Duif, now used for concerts, lectures and the occasional wedding. Was it incongruous to see Hamid behind the pulpit? Not at all.

The man is deeply human and his driving mission is to connect, to show us the many things we have in common rather than the few that work to divide us. Hamid believes that we are afraid because we have forgotten how to deal with our own mortality. Religion, for example, has been "repurposed for identification." To decide who shall be killed and who will not.

I'm panting now to read his latest novel Exit West, the reason for his visit to Amsterdam. Our city is one of several stops on his European book tour so if you have a chance, go see him!

In my own, much smaller, way, I continue to promote my own book. Thanks to the energetic interns at Linen Press, I'll be going on a blog tour next week. For 14 straight days, from September 18 through October 1, The Dancing Girl and the Turtle will be featured on a different book blog each day. In a little while, you'll be able to find the links to each of these book blogs on my brag page.

All this attention could go to a girl's head. It's a good thing then that I have tai chi. For me, tai chi is a way to gather myself, focus on what's important and let the rest go. But I haven't always been this way, as you'll read in this week's blog post: Martial Arts.  

On a similar, if less serene, note is my book review of Mao Zedong's collected quotations, also known as the Little Red Book. Enjoy.

The Art of War
Labels and Charlottesville
McTyeire School for Girls

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