May 16, 2013 § Leave a Comment
My interview with Lisa Ross on Uyghur shrines in the desert is at the Los Angeles Review of Books- thanks again to her for answering my questions in such a thoughtful manner.
April 24, 2013 § Leave a Comment
April 16, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Isobel Yeung, who works for CCTV, China’s state broadcaster, recently wrote a piece for The Independent in which she argued that the Western media are misrepresenting China’s policies towards ethnic minorities in Inner Mongolia. She argued that the government aren’t trying to destroy the culture of nomadic herders by moving them into cities- they just want to improve their ‘medieval lifestyle’. Here’s my response to this in The Independent.
April 12, 2013 § Leave a Comment
The prologue of the novel I’m working on, and that’s working on me, is up at the PEN America site.
March 25, 2013 § Leave a Comment
The program for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in New York is now online, featuring many great writers, such as James Kelman, Aleksandar Hemon and Edna O’Brien. If you happen to have $1000 kicking around, I’d suggest you get a ticket for the Philip Roth Literary Gala event.
I’ll be taking part in two events in the festival, the first A Literary Safari, where I will be pursued, Running Man style, through a booby trapped labyrinth while giving a reading. The second is a more sedentary affair, though possibly equally perilous- I’ll be moderating an event on Revitalizing Endangered Languages.
Lots to check out- and if you’re not in NYC then, I’m sure a lot of it will be online on the PEN site.
March 7, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I have a post on the London Review of Books Blog about turning the news into computer games, including Endgame: Syria and one on cotton picking in Uzbekistan.