Author Archives: Hollacopter

Yesterday we did a speech in a mall in front of a Burger King. Don’t worry, it was planned – the sponsor even built us a backdrop and put out chairs for everybody. About 200 people were there, mostly student-parent … Continue reading

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Don’t you think so?

I’m in a coffeeshop on the shore of Huizhou’s beautiful West Lake, not to be confused with Hangzhou’s beautiful West Lake (I knew you were wondering about that). I had 30 minutes to do a massive photo dump and write … Continue reading

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“Sir, We are English Teachers.”

I doubt this will be much of a cohesive post, but I think that’s just where we’re at right now. Too much goes by without getting written down; the volume itself seems to inhibit the writing. A paradox worth a … Continue reading

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Have you read the sequel?

I believe that not all items in a to-do list are created equal. They LOOK the same, standing (or lying?) in a row (stack?) with no color coding to indicate qualitative differences (unless, like me, you picked up one of … Continue reading

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In an incremental effort to undermine the Perfect’s almost one-year tyranny over the Anything, I bring you tidings that today will be a day in four parts, starting with: Part the First, wherein I lock myself in a tiny room … Continue reading

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How do you commemorate a life in a space?

City: Guangzhou (广州) Duration: 2.5 years Jobs Held: >4 Houses Lived In: 3 Friends Made: [SYS ERROR: unquantifiable] Fell in Love: Once (didn’t realize it until later) Defining Moment: Smoking a cigar in that window of my Jiangnanxi apartment Greatest … Continue reading

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From the other side

I found myself in a bookstore last week and decided to do the only honorable thing: buy a book. I chose something in Chinese that I guessed would be [somewhat] easy to read: a translation of Bobbie Ann Mason’s In Country. Wikipedia says … Continue reading

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