Author Archives: James Lande

I went too far out – a novelist’s apology to his readers

“Fish that you were. I am sorry that I went too far out. I ruined us both.”  (Santiago, The Old Man and the Sea)  A reader recently asked… “Loved Yang Shen, have both editions. When will James Lande’s next book … Continue reading

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Unforgettable Formosa (Wang-bu-liao) – video by Luther Deese

This deftly fashioned retrospective of the island sixty or so years ago, Memories of Taiwan by Luther Deese, begins with the poem by Meng Hao-ran 春曉, Spring Dawn: 春眠不覺曉, 處處聞啼鳥, 夜來風雨聲, 花落知多少. Waking sleepily on a spring morning, everywhere there is the song of … Continue reading

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In the Mind of a Manilaman – Yang Shen Book II Excerpt

Vincente Macanaya we met in my post  Manilamen and Mandarins – Filipinos in 1860s China, Part 1: Vincente Macanaya. Now we find Vincente with the Foreign Riflles in the dark of night aboard Chinese junks sculling over a narrow canal … Continue reading

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They’re back! Chinese Women’s Epee Champions Arrive in Rio

This team of Chinese women fencers, and their long-time trainer the Frenchman Daniel Levavasseur, came to our attention in the 2012 Olympics when the women won gold in team epee. They arrive now in Rio  still world champs and will … Continue reading

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Work in Progress: Yang Shen Book II, excerpt from Flowery Flag Devils

In this excerpt from Chapter 30 of Book II the Foreign Rifles are attacking for the second time the walled city of Sungkiang (Songjiang) and are trapped like “turtles in a pot 壺中之龜” in the courtyard between the inner and … Continue reading

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Navigating the Stream of Thought

(The following is a brief review posted today at Amazon of Robert Humphrey’s Stream of Consciousness in the Modern Novel.) We begin with Joyce, move on to Woolf, and culminate with Faulkner noting along the way other practitioners and experimenters. We … Continue reading

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James Lande invites readers to Goodreads Ask the Author

We are pleased to announce our participation in the Goodreads Ask the Author forum, a place where “readers can ask questions and receive answers from their favorite authors.” We have for some time been following several writers at Ask the … Continue reading

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Chinese History After the Opium War: a video perspective

Here’s an interesting video that provides additional perspective for our YouTube video China in 1860 (describing the state of affairs in China at the beginning of Yang Shen) and continues on into the early years and beyond of China ruled … Continue reading

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Work in Progress: Yang Shen Book II, Reconnaissance of Tsingpoo

We see we’ve posted nothing since March, as we have been busy scribbling in Yang Shen, so perhaps it’s time to set forth some of what we have been working on in draft, or as Joyce called his work on … Continue reading

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Changes in Chinese Censorship of Western Books about China

Peter Hessler, writing in The New Yorker magazine, notes a change in the publishing climate for books about China by Westerners, after traveling on a book tour with his Chinese censor! “My Chinese censor is Zhang Jiren,” Hessler writes, “an … Continue reading

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