Certain resemblances between Ba Jin’s ‘Jia’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’

While Jia offered a unique cross section of a crucial turning point in Chinese history, the novel was also laced with such sappiness as to make it all but impossible to read for a modern reader weaned on postmodern irony and detachment.

It Sort of Gets to Me

My son is in competition for an increasingly paltry prize. For something that never was a prize.

Step Three: Rationalize

In the field he could roll a cigarette, for the most part with one hand, in a gale force wind.

African Chant

When Peter One and Jess Sah Bi released Our Garden Needs Its Flowers in 1985, it was probably Ivory Coast’s first country album.