China’s unsettling pace and the possible role of literature

“Everything is happening in China at great speed, and this sped brings with it all sorts of problems. This is a phenomenon capture in a very old saying in the Daodejing: ‘Good fortune is that wherein disaster lurks. Disaster is that whereon good fortune depends’

Modern China is so crazy it needs a new literary genre, by Ning Ken on he Literary Hubimage


De Staat’s video “Witch Doctor”: an impressive videoclip, served by a rough song

Try not to be too creeped out by this music video featuring Dutch rock band De Staat and their song “Witch Doctor”—it features a completely computer-generated moshpit of shirtless men who stomp and shake to singer Torre Florim prompts. In their CG glory, the moshpit inhabitants are both zombie-like and human-like, giving the video an […]

Chinese poetry, for the weekend…

The birds have vanished down the sky.

Now the last cloud drains away.

We sit together, the mountain and me,

until only the mountain remains.


— From Crossing the Yellow River: Three Hundred Poems from the Chinese published by Tiger Bark Press. Copyright 2013 Sam Hamill. Used by permission of Sam Hamill. Li Po (701 – 762), […]