Nachrichten aus der Reich der Mitte: German Reportage from the PRC

Der Spiegel has been simply plundering all kinds of topics lately in its coverage of China which are worth noting.  The global nuclear summit has the Hamburg magazine focused intently on the issue of proliferation and arms races, leading to excellent (and lengthy) articles by the Peking correspondent Andreas Lorenz about what China calls its “second line of artillery” and a pretty standard article “North … Continue reading Nachrichten aus der Reich der Mitte: German Reportage from the PRC

You Say It’s Your Birthday: North Korea Imports Chinese Automobiles as Gifts

The Huanqiu Shibao reports that North Korea has purchased more than 100 Chinese automobiles as gifts to be given by Kim Jong Il (during the three-day period that marks his father’s birthday).  According to the report, Kim spent more than 5 million US dollars on the automobiles, and plans to give them to mid-level cadre, particularly in the security sectors, who are disgruntled as a … Continue reading You Say It’s Your Birthday: North Korea Imports Chinese Automobiles as Gifts

Cogitating Schumann

Here are a couple of glimpses into the rehearsal room for an as-yet-unannounced performance I have planned of music by the great German romantic master, Robert Schumann.  It’s certainly labored in spots, and far from flawless, but the general outlines of something hopefully worthwhile are emerging.  Rehearsing with a pianist, it seems, is a bit like writing drafts with your editor sitting next to you.  … Continue reading Cogitating Schumann