LiaoYiwu1Howard French on the brilliant and disquieting non-fiction of Liao Yiwu in The Caravan Magazine

A quip from another era, usually attributed to Aldous Huxley, defined an intellectual as someone—presumably a man—who discovers there are more interesting things in life than women. Reading the exiled Chinese poet and writer Liao Yiwu suggests a less sexist corollary to this badly dated notion: the best writers are artists who have learnt that other people are more interesting than themselves.

WealthPowerOrville Schell and John Delury’s Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century reviewed by Tom Plate in The Japan Times.

The biggest question about China at the moment is the buoyancy of its economy. Suddenly there are serious worries.

In China people might believe Americans wish for their economic collapse. This is not true. If only because of the intimate interdependence and indeed inter-reliance of our two great economies, those days of evil thinking are long gone.

TheGreatIndianPhoneBookSwati Pandey reviews The Great Indian Phone Book : How the Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life in LARB

A MAN IN A TURBAN holding a tiny cell phone graces the cover of Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey’s The Great Indian Phone Book: How the Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life. Also bearing the image of a man in a turban holding a tiny cell phone is the cover of a 2007 book: Edward Luce’s In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India. The only difference in this begging-to-be iconic image? The Luce cover includes a dopey-looking camel; the Doron/Jeffrey man wears clear-rimmed, vintage-inspired glasses.