a bunch of stuff i’ve been reading

Rehearsals are making it a bit difficult for me to focus here, so instead of wading through what has become a monster number of articles in individual posts, here’s a bunch of stuff I’m reading at the moment, in no meaningful order other than when it was first bookmarked.

A Young Turk in China’s Establishment: The Military writings of Liu Yazhou
Architect of a bold new vision, on Zaha Hadid, who designed the new Guangzhou opera house.
Writers Sue Google, Accusing It of Copyright Violation, all about the problems of Google’s new book search.
Deep Flaws, and Little Justice, in China’s Court System, or why getting arrested in China is a really bad idea.
Rivers in chaos and Shanghai at risk, just how bad is the Three Gorges dam?
Getting Into a Tiff, the Toronto Film Festival opens, with new films from Larry Clark and a bunch of others.
The railway across the roof of the world, as if the dam wasn’t bad enough.
China’s Leader, Ex-Rival at Side, Solidifies Power, on Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin’s hitman Zeng Qinghong.

Oh, and some new blogs which may or may not be around next week, but I looked at them at least once.

chineseblogresearch, for stuff on Chinese blogs and bloggers.
Beijing Lives, life, art, going out and other stuff in Beijing.
Jerome F. Keating’s writings, some really good essays on Taiwan, China and Asia.