Americans love a scapegoat. From Communists to slaves, from LGBT people to those suspected of witchcraft, the venom with which some Americans have shamed and persecuted innocent people is quite beyond the pale.
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I asked these major fiction writers who they thought was the most important contemporary fiction writer, and what had been his/her influence on their ...
Anis Shivani picks his top 10 books for 2009.
While no book can replace on-the-ground experience, several have been instrumental in shaping my view of Chinese values, social structure and cosmological beliefs.
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