Xu Xi Archive

THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 14 (of 14)

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 1 Comment
Back to school because my lit, lit life leads me there, perhaps more often than I want.  Bookstores used to be why writers traveled, but given the rise of E-Books, online book tours can be more efficient “travel.” Many festivals and writing conferences wouldn’t happen without university support, and

THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 13 (of 14)

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 1 Comment
So I’m on my way from Melbourne to Sydney, ruminating on the global-lit journey that has brought me back to these two major Australian cities after 32 years. Here are two reasons: You’ve met Robin in my blog before—we’re counting the places in the world we’ve had a drink

THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 11 (of 14)

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 2 Comments
So this past week that lit, lit life took me first to Bangkok and then to Kyoto, two cities where I’m decidedly “foreign” even though I am mistaken for “local.” But first a pause to recall Han Suyin who died at the age of 96. Never heard of her?

THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 8 (of 14)

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 1 Comment
My aspiration in life is to loaf. These days, life seems to be much ado about aspiration, or so the brand-marketing-image-makers would have us believe. We aspire to fame (and living forever, as that song goes) and wealth, stardom for a second on YouTube, regardless. Me? I want, like

THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 7 (of 14)

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 2 Comments
There was a time I traveled without checking in luggage. Business trips. Harrowing schedules. No time to wait at carousels when you could be speeding to your next meeting to harass a supplier or fawn over a client. Now that I’ve left that life behind in favor of this

THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 6 (of 14)

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
Good morning. It’s a day for an air walk on that lit, lit sojourn. Coffee? Here’s the view above my tatami mat, one of Liu Zhen’s “Landscapes of the Mind,” a lacquer painting. Liu Zhen is a talented, and unusual, young (b. 1970) Shanghai-based artist. Unusual for his patience

THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 5 (of 14)

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 2 Comments
I used to live in Singapore. In ’94, just before my first book was released, a corporation moved me to this tropical, island city-state. It still feels like home whenever I fly into Changi at the eastern end of the island. Prison neighborhood. The street where I lived. My

THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 4 (of 14)

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 2 Comments
Shades of pink at Café Gray’s bar where I met the omnipresent Nigel Collett for drinks. Nigel fits comfortably into my lit, lit life. For one thing, we’re contemporaries. As much as I love writing “this younger writer,” as I did last blog, it’s reassuring to bump into others on

THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 3 (of 14)

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
And then you say you will / And then you won’t . . . “Undecided” (1938) by Sid Robin & Charlie Shavers About itineraries, here’s Robin Hemley’s: He was going to stopover in Hong Kong, and then he wasn’t, and then he was, wasn’t, and finally did because a

THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 2 (of 14)

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
32 years. That’s how long it’s been since I last set foot on Australia’s east coast. Byron Bay was a soft landing after the long absence, because here was a surfer’s paradise, a gourmet’s paradise, a wine aficionado’s paradise . . . okay, okay so waxing overly lyrical etc.,