I finally have some time to read: on the train commuting to/from Manhattan. It is a bit difficult to work, so I combine leisure reading and some work to make the commute bearable.
I managed to finally finish this lovely book by Peter Hessler, which is about China in the first 5 or 6 years of this century. (I had to return his newest book to the library before I could even crack it open, given the arrival of Penelope!) Even now it feels like it is about an "old China", given the pace of change there (as well as here).
My favorite quote: "General Tso and Colonel Sanders: great chicken imperialists."
The funniest chapter was the one about Imre Galambos and his website, www.logoi.com. He sells Chinese characters for tattoo art, but the funniest part was where Peter Hessler describes how Galambos kept trying to explain to people that Chinese doesn't have an alphabet!