I read books. Mostly travel books.
Is this book still banned in China, and if so, does that make it better?
Is it a good thing or a bad thing when a writer starts to write about writing?
Did he have to try this hard to show that he’s a fanboy?
Was this the most educated of all 19th-century explorers?
Can this book be interesting to anyone except China-enthusiasts?
What happens when you inject a ton of ideology into an account of an adventure?
Is this how a cynic gets outsmarted by an even bigger cynic?
Did this guy just hate China or did he want to show how much can you brown nose a dictator?
Could this adventure story have been edited into a good book?
Is China absurd, or does absurdity reside in those who are always looking for it?
Is it possible to write a whole a book like a Roxette song, and should anyone read it?
Where exactly is the dividing line between the cultural expert and the ignorant visitor?