This book is about growing up during the Cultural Revolution in China (the book covers 1966-1968). It’s – wow – crazy how manipulation, brainwashing, and fear can make people treat other people as sub-human. 306 more words
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WHY THIS BOOK IS GOOD.
First of all, it is well written and readable. The main reason that it is a good read is because it is not overly-dramatic. 656 more words
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The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has recently digitized ten scrapbooks belonging to Harry Houdini. The books are divided into three groups: volumes compiled by other magicians about their careers; scrapbooks holding Houdini’s clippings on the practice of magic in general; and books that chart Houdini’s investigations of fakes, frauds, and conjurers.
In 2010 I was in Beijing and driving past Tiananmen Square with the owner of the hostel I was staying at. I’d visited the square, largely expanded by Mao Zedong in 1958-1959, a couple days before, where I’d been approached by men trying to sell me cheap plastic watches with the Chairman’s portrait plastered on the dial. 696 more words