He goes on to recall the many legends surrounding Mao and the ubiquitous Little Red Book. Nowadays, though, “I have a sense that in today’s China we no longer have a leader—all we have is a leadership.” It’s not that he’s a fan of the Cultural Revolution: it was “a life made up of equal parts stifled instincts, dreary freedom, and hollow verbiage.” Ironically enough, changes in moral outlook and the reallocation of wealth, he says, have only now created real classes and real class conflict. … [Read more...] about Ten words to understand China
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I do think social media has helped shine a light on the issues, though; people’s perceptions are slowly changing. But it’s virtually impossible to get through to the men of the older generation. They simply don’t know what the problems are. They just want to keep on reaping the benefits of the vested interests they’ve had for so long. All we can do is hope that education improves. … [Read more...] about Literary sensation Mieko Kawakami on ‘Breasts and Eggs’ and why feminism is a human issue
Don’t fall for this distraction Picture this: You’re looking at your phone. (Hard to imagine, I know.) Suddenly, a piece of sensational news floats across the transom. It seems intriguing. You’re about to devote the full breadth of your attention to it, for upward of 10 minutes. Thankfully, a well-meaning and deeply serious Twitterer arrives just in the nick of time to let you know that this sensational story is merely a distraction from an empirically more important story. You almost fell victim to the hazard of paying attention to the wrong thing. Had you gone with your instinct, the distractors would have won. But thanks to the warning of a good Samaritan who has never been distracted by anything, the distractors lost and were never heard from again. The end. … [Read more...] about It’s time to impeach these 7 tired responses to the torrent of Trump news
Some companies with leases that are ending this year or next appear to be kicking the can down the road, signing short-term extensions rather than committing to typical deals that last several years. In recent weeks, NBC Universal extended a lease for a secondary office at 1221 Avenue of the Americas and the Stroock & Stroock & Lavan law firm did the same for its office downtown. But they both did so for just a year, according to Colliers. A spokeswoman for NBC Universal declined to comment and Stroock & Stroock did not return a call and multiple emails. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 | Manhattan’s office buildings are empty. But for how long?
There were also personal reasons. “Real life circumstance is keeping us away from fans,” Snyder said. “We can’t go to conventions. We can’t do signings.” So the rewards emphasized access to the creators and a sense of community. “It’s about meeting us, taking a class with us, getting a sketch.” … [Read more...] about Comic book flourish on crowdfunding sites, drawing big names