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The Circle is Unbroken - Friends of the Brothers Return to Brooklyn Bowl 10/25

We will never allow the circle to be broken. Very excited to be returning to the great Brooklyn Bowl with Friends of the Brothers on October 25.  Tickets are just $12 and presales are a big help. Click here. FOB features Peter Levin…

It's not possible to turn into a chili

And I know this because I would have during my 24 hours in Sichuan. Everything pictured is street food from this organized, sanitary (relatively) market. Deliciousness. I am pretty sick with the hot food, and I love being  in a place where…

Panda Dad meets pandas

So with a single afternoon to kill in lovely, steamy Chengdu, I decided to hop a cab to the panda breeding center and preserve just outside town. It's certainly not as impressive as the big Wolong Center we visited years ago in the mountains…

On the ground in Chengdu and catching up with some Beijing pictures

My delicious morning breakfast fromt he street cart: jianbing (egg pancakes). Great food and great friends - Guizhou ribs and Maya   This trip to Chengdu to speak at the Bookworm tonight is sure to be too brief, but…

Big in China review and first full day in the 'Jing

I spoke to a group of fresh-off0-the-boat American college students at Beijing Foreign Student University here for the summer today. It was a lot of fun and I envied the students, here on the cusp of a great adventure. The professor who brought…

Chinese basketball 24/7

Click over and read this Chinese hoops website interview with me to learn my thoughts on God, egg pancakes, the genius of Chinese food, Slam and NBA China. Good stuff. Proud to be featured like this on Niubball.com

Peter Hessler on Big in China

"Alan Paul plunges into Chinese life and takes us along for the ride, through vegetable markets, used-car lots, Taoist temples, divey bars, and a beachside music festival before thousands of cheering fans. He conveys the thrills and challenges…

I am, apparently, an "exemplary expat."

I'm happy to be on this list of "20 Exemplary expats in China." Maybe if I still lived there I would have made the top 10. Number 20 Darren Russell is a pretty chilling tale. I don't know much about it and would like to learn more. I…

Amazing pictures of Chilean volcano

The Atlantic Wire has posted absolutely incredible pictures of the Puyehue volcano erupting in Chile. You have to see these. With everything else going on, this eruption is not getting much play, but once again nature steps to the fore. I…

Free Beijing Blues CD with purchase of Big in China

BookPerks is running a special offer, this week only. Buy Big in China and receive a Beijing Blues CD for free. Same one praised by musical giants like Billy Gibbons and Warren Haynes. Book and CD together for just $19.99. Check it out:…