The Walrus

Charles Foran

The New Word Order

hong kong—Imagine this seating chart for a dinner at a literary festival in Hong Kong. A Chinese-American novelist sits next to an English author of Indian extraction. To his right, a writer of thrillers from mainland China has a spot … Continued

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The Bonfire Is Out

books by tom wolfe discussed in this essay: I Am Charlotte Simmons HarperCollins (2004) 676 pp., $37.95 Hooking Up Farrar, Straus & Giroux (2000) 293 pp., $35 A Man in Full Bantam Books (1998) 704 pp., $23 (paperback) The Bonfire … Continued

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Burning Man

Books discussed in this essay An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World by Pankaj Mishra Farrar, Strauss & Giroux 320 pp., $36 Buddha by Karen Armstrong Penguin 205 pp., $19 Suppose for a moment that we really are … Continued

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China Beach, Then and Now

danang—“Charlie don’t surf – but you can,” promises the Internet brochure for the U.K.-based Wild Frontiers “Apocalypse Now 2004” tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The line is a paraphrase from a scene in the Francis Ford Coppola classic, just … Continued

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