A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today, the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. In Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human side of China's transformation, viewing modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world through the lives of a handful of ordinary people.
"Another Excellent Work"
Full of unforgettable figures and an unrelenting spirit of adventure, Strange Stones is a far-ranging, thought-provoking collection of Peter Hessler’s best reportage - a dazzling display of the powerful storytelling, shrewd cultural insight, and warm sense of humor that are the trademarks of his work. Over the last decade, as a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three books, Peter Hessler has lived in Asia and the United States, writing as both native and knowledgeable outsider in these two very different regions.
In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tracking how the automobile and improved roads were transforming China.
"In defense of the narrator"
In the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident.
"Peter Berkrot Again?"
In this issue: "Mrs. Obama" by Amy Davidson; "The Shadow General" by Peter Hessler; "Rewriting the Code of Life" by Michael Specter; "Poets' Corner" by Anthony Lane.
There are six articles in this edition: "Fighting Words", by George Packer; "The Relaunch", by Ryan Lizza; "No, But We Saw the Movie", by Nora Ephron; "Wheels of Fortune", by Peter Hessler; "High School Confidential", by Nancy Franklin; and "Tangled Up", by Anthony Lane.
"The Party and the People", by Evan Osnos; "Second Act", by Reeves Wiedeman; "Climate Trades", by James Surowiecki; "Tales of the Trash", by Peter Hessler; "The Kitchen Network", by Lauren Hilgers; and "Dangerous Words", by David Denby.
"Membership Dues", by Steve Coll; "Live from New Jersey", by Alec Wilkinson; "Attica Is All of Us", by Ian Frazier; "Jobs and the G.O.P.", by James Surowiecki; "Survival of the Fitted", by David Owen; "Dr. Don", by Peter Hessler; "The Secret Shopper", by Jenny Diski; and "Road Kill", by Anthony Lane.
In this issue: "The Hell You Say", by Kelefa Sanneh; "A Ghost in the Family", by Dana Goodyear; "Learning to Speak Lingerie", by Peter Hessler; and "Coming This Fall", by Mindy Kaling.
"The narrator, Christine Marshall is unlistenable."
"The X Factor", by Jill Lepore; "A Pirate’s Life", by David Owen; "The Comandante’s Canal", by Jon Lee Anderson; "Revolution on Trial", by Peter Hessler; and "Lost Time", by David Denby.
"Casting Votes", by Jeffrey Toobin; "At the Range", by Mark Singer; "Prison Tale", by Tad Friend; "The Science of Sex Abuse", by Rachel Aviv; and "Open Country", by David Denby.
"Enemy of the State", by Nicholas Lemann; “All Due Respect”, by Peter Hessler; "War of Choice", by Ken Auletta; "Center of the Universe", by Simon Rich; and "Tehran Tales", by Anthony Lane.
"Don't miss articles on Ron Paul, Rubio and God!"
"Mixed Results", by George Packer; "Ambiguously Divine", by Reeves Wiedeman; "Buzzkill", by Patrick Radden Keefe; "The Buried", by Peter Hessler; and "American Gothic", by David Denby.
"Brothers’ Keepers’", by Peter Hessler; "Zombie Art", by Rebecca Mead; "Recall of the Wild", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Utopian for Beginners", by Joshua Foer; and "Dead Reckoning", by David Denby.
"Alt-Newt", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Accounts Payable", by Abby Aguirre; "Being Sir Larry", by Rebecca Mead; "The Mosque on the Square", by Peter Hessler; "The Civil Archipelago", by David Remnick; and "Theatre on Film", by Anthony Lane.
"Gulag Lite", by David Remnick; "Groupon Clipping", by James Surowiecki; "Art Stalker", by Jane Kramer; "Mother Courage", by John Colapinto; "Village Voice", by Peter Hessler; and "Roundup", by David Denby.
"Indulgence", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Home Again", by Peter Stevenson; "Show-and-Tell", by Ben McGrath; "Timing the Recovery", by James Surowiecki; "Go West", by Peter Hessler; "The Memory Kitchen", by Elif Batuman; "Celebrity Smackdown", by Lauren Collins; and "Perilous Love", by David Denby.
"Homelands", by David Remnick; "Cheat, Pray, Love", by James Surowiecki; "Barney's Great Adventure", by Jeffrey Toobin; "Strange Stones", by Peter Hessler; "Looking Forward to Your Check", by Bruce McCall; "Survivors", by David Denby.