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Joshua Samuel Brown
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The Secret Path is Our Happy Place
Back in December Stephanie and I went to Xiao LiuQiu, a small island mysteriously similar in shape (though thankfully, in no other way) to my birthplace of Staten Island. A tale of two islands. Decide for yourself. We spent three days there, and how much we...
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The Four Stages of Life (as experienced through Taiwanese cuisine)
A few months back I was asked to contribute an article on Taiwanese  cuisine for an excellent business magazine called Topics. I pitched the idea of doing four short vignettes, since this is the sort of writing I enjoy doing the most.  The stages of life (a...
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Drunk without Wine at Reikei Hot Spring
Exterior of Reikei Hot Spring Resort (Image courtesy of Reikei) It was past dark when said goodbye to Zhong Hui, our guide from Tainan Tourism. We ’d spent the last two days together, exploring on the first day the history and esoteric art scenes of Tainan ...
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The Matinee Photographer Returns
Photo: Drew Carolan, 1983-ish In 2008 or so, I got a message through MySpace (ah, those were the day) from a guy named Drew Carolan who wanted to know if a particular photograph he had in his vast collection of photos he'd taken of punk rock kids on the Bow...
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The False Deepening
Following up on my last post about one of pitfalls of social media ( The Great Shallowing ), which came about after reading this excellent article in the Guardian about how our brains are being hacked. At the risk of being overly Meta , I just spent five mi...
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The Great Shallowing
I started this post three days ago but wound up being distracted by a hundred different things, of which maybe three of them were important. I guess this is appropriate. So here's what I'm going to do. It is 9:15 am in Taiwan, and I'm going to log into work...
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Taiwan's Shittiest Restaurant
Pablo at meal's end I originally called this story "My Dinner with Pablo" but figured "Taiwan's Shittiest Restaurant" would be more SEO friendly .  The article, the sort of gonzo food travel writing I did way more of once upon a time  As is my usual way wit...
Taiwan's Shittiest Restaurant
Taiwan's Shittiest Restaurant
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Blood And Condiment
Blood And Condiment It was November, and I had the gout again.   For 72 hours I'd been skirmishing with the blood-demons of my own bad genes. Watching the Beijing sky change from black to gray through the frost-covered window of my tenth floor flat, I conti...
Blood And Condiment
Blood And Condiment
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Zealots I’ve known loved and lost
The encroaching release of Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened  is bringing out the expected amount of chatter from the Bernie or Bust crowd , and I’ve deliberately avoided getting involved in conversations over social media from the few remaining friends ...
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Snarky Tofu Returns
The book is done...the book is done...the book is done. I feel like I could fill this entire post with this sentence like Jack Nicholson in The Shining and it still wouldn't feel real to me, but yeah, Formosa Moon is now in the printing process, and barring...
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