Monthly Archives: November 2010


  • How Bazaar – A Guide to Kashgar's Ancient-Modern Markets
    With colossal mountains to the west and south and a sea of desert to the north and east, it’s hard to comprehend how very isolated this place is unless you pay a personal visit.


  • The End of the World
    Actually four and a half months were to pass before we returned to Khotan; and part of this expedition became a veritable Crusoe romance.


  • Tibet Without Temples
    To the modern, materialistic eye, Tibetans don’t have much besides temples.


  • An Eye in the Storm
    Thank goodness, then, for folks like Sean Gallagher, a truly gifted photographer, who turns his eye not to celebrities or high-concept art, but rather to putting a human face on the slowly-unfolding catastrophe that is our global environment.


  • Strange Doings in the Qinling Mountains
    Most folks never heard tell of Shaanxi’s Qinling Mountains, and for most who know them well, that’s just fine.


  • How to Get Health Insurance - Step by Step
    While you may not need life insurance, and you might be willing to risk not having earthquake insurance, don't gamble with health insurance.


  • The Jews in China, Part I
    Pre-PRC, where better for God's chosen to wander than a land where religion was a private affair, and anti-Semitism was a rumor, faint as a noonday shadow?


  • My Secret Affair
    From her figure, I cold tell she was an extremely ordinary-looking girl, but due to my unendurable boredom, I was dying for any excitement.


  • Yunnan: The Cute, the Bad, and the Ugly
    You know what’s great about Yunnan? Like the Amazon, you don’t have to go there to love it.


  • True Love and Madame Whitesnake
    No doubt Madame White Snake is something to see, definitely hear, even if your exposure to opera came primarily via Warner Brothers’ cartoons.