Communist State of Mind
Inspired by empire state of mind Yeah I’m up in Yonghe, now I’m down on Gui Jie Got up out the CBD but I’m a Blood forever I’m the new Hessler and since I made it here, I can make it anywhere, yeah they love me everywhere They used to cop in Sanlitun, Nigerian compadres Middle of a vacant lot right there next to Nanjie Took it to my stash spot, right across from Gongti Like Kro, take my...
The Ten Commandments of Beijing
1. Thou shalt not praise Shanghai, nor move down to it, for Beijing is a filthy jealous mistress. 2. Thou shalt complain about the air quality, the traffic, and the fake alcohol, but thou shalt love that it scares away the unworthy, for Beijing shews mercy unto the thousands that love it and keep its commandments, 3. And when you invite those thousands to your party, thou shalt not take their...
Pets are so last year.
alex: we went to the most incredible hipster market. alex’s mom: hamster market? alex: hipster. alex’s mom: hamster? what are you going to do with a hamster?
no harm no foul : no cross no crown 不僧不俗 : 不磷不缁 (不愤不启, 不悱不发.举一隅不以三隅反, 则不复也.)
The city that dreams us all
this just made me fall in love with beijing all over again. I SPEAK OF THE CITY by OCTAVIO PAZ news today and tomorrow a ruin, buried and resurrected every day, lived together in streets, plazas, buses, taxis, movie houses, theaters, bars, hotels, pigeon coops and catacombs, The enormous city that fits in a room three yards square, and endless as a galaxy, the city that dreams us all, that...
Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be...– ~ Epictetus (55 AD-135 AD)
What Tree Rings Mean
So Apropos (a moody mix) →
In which Kevin and I visit the National Museum
Kevin Dolgin is a nice man from New York and Paris who has, occasionally over the past decade, written about travel for McSweeney’s here. Normally, he sticks to telling people about places they should go in Europe, but this week, he decided to share his thoughts on Beijing. There are a few witty observations, but in general, he sticks to the usual: China is like, communist, but like,...
A Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names →
enormous infographics for the win!
In which our tax dollars are at work
The US Embassy in Beijing has provided the following handy guide to safe clubbing in Beijing. My favorite tip: “When going to bars and clubs, go with other people. (The more, the merrier, the safer!)”
In which Oscar Wilde endorses your lifestyle
On whether and how you should indulge in the rumor mill: I never talk scandal. I only talk gossip. What is the difference between scandal and gossip? Oh! Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. Now, I never moralize. A man who moralizes is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralizes is invariably plain. On whether you will go to Sanlitun...
In which I rethink my afternoon plans →
(what happened when 19th century Parisians masturbated)