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The Allman Brothers Band's final show - 5 years ago last night!

Five years ago today, the Allman Brothers Band played their final show at the Beacon Theatre. You can order a CD of the final show right here. FIVE F'IN YEARS?? (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I covered the…
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RIP Robert Hunter, one of the all-time great songwriters

Eyes of the World: An interview with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter So very, very sad to hear that Robert Hunter has passed away. To honor the man, I present my 2015 (?) interview. An edited version ran on WSJ.com as part of a preview…

My WSJ story

Several people wrote in saying they tried but failed to read the column thanks to the WSJ subscriber-only policy. It's been a few days so I think it's kosher to post it. Here goes.Beijing-based journalist, Alan Paul, on his favorite way to sightsee…

Jacob lost another tooth

Jacob lost his fifth tooth the other day. I really didn’t know he actually believed in the Tooth fairy but he was very concerned with whether or not she could find him in China and whether she would deliver without a tooth to take away.…

Nervous news, hutong tours and more...

I have a lot on my mind right now, with some pretty heavy medical news from back home, which I am not quite ready to discuss publicly yet. I only mention it because it is very much on my mind and I’m having a hard time focusing on this other…
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We Passed

Whoopdee damn doo, we both passed the Driver’s License test this morning. We studied a bit more than last time and it paid off. I would say that Becky studied quite a bit more than me. I just couldn’t pull myself away to sit down and…

The Silver Pagodas

Last Saturday we went to the Silver Pagodas, 800-year-old Buddhist pagoda temples of some sort. This is less than an hour from our house and really beautiful. There are some great hikes allegedly leaving from behind these things, but we just…

My story in the Journal

Click here and give it a try.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB113019054899478032.html?mod=pj_travel_hs_coll_leftBut I'm not sure if they'll let you on there without a sub.Give it a try. Or better yet go out and buy the apper and turn to D5.

Debuting in the Journal tomorrow

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I have my first piece in the WS Journal. It is an “Off The Beaten Track” column in the Personal Journal section about bike riding in Beijing. It is a very dense 350 words and certainly not my most poetic effort, but I…