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Shanghai Noir

The Dancing Girl and the Turtle: publication date 01.04.2017

Last Sunday, I saw the season closing of VERSO/. Part performance art, poetry reading and song festival all rolled into one, VERSO/ is more fun than reading a literary journal in your lonesome and a lot louder, too.

Megan Garr is the fiery force behind VERSO/. She's an activist and a poet so of course this season's theme was UPRISING —the sounds and silences of resistance— . In her closing editorial, Megan spoke of how unsafe the world is for all but the privileged few. How we need to take that space back to make it safe for all. Her rage was palpable.

So you would think that her editorial would end with a call to arms. Or, at the very least, an explosion or two. Instead, Megan's message was one of gratitude to the people in the room that night. For coming together, listening to each other, making this space safe for a while. I wish I could quote for you her entire editorial. It made my day.

How do we see past the sound and the fury to cherish that which is meaningful and good? I spent yesterday registering US voters in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht. Here you see three new voters and my man on the ground, Phineas Shapiro, who made this happen. Will we make a difference or was this, too, a foolish rant

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
Macbeth, Act V, Scene 5

Maybe so but I continue to hope. Someone once said that only the very privileged have the luxury to be cynical. I don't want to be that person. I will, however, look before leaping. I will map out, not only the most effective route between A and B, but what fear or desire is driving me there. In short, I want to be mindful. Believe me, I'm as surprised about it as you are. Hence this week's blog post: Mindfulness.

In other news, here's a lovely review of my novel The Dancing Girl and the Turtle. This one is from

a book review site dedicated to showcasing quality fiction and non-fiction works about Asia. 

Pretty heady stuff, hey?

Gulag with Chinese Characteristics
Who Am I?
Truth or Consequences
Skin in the Game
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