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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…
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Today show? Check. Thank you Panda Dad.

Well, Panda Dad has taken me to places that Big in China couldn't quite reach on its own - the Today show. I think the segment today went really well. If I can figure out how to a video embed, I will do it. I really didn't feel nervous about…
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Taking it all off - as discussed in Big in China, Chapter 9

It is endlessly fun for me to go back through the old posts here, especially those from the first year in Beijing. When my father Dixie Doc was going through chemo, a large group of us shaved our heads in support. This blog became, as I wrote…
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Big in China Excerpt 3 - Rough Travel with Kids

Well, the Panda Dad vs. Tiger mom brouhaha has taken off over on WSJ.com and that's a good thing, boosting my recognition, etc. But it has also overshadowed the fact that I also posted a Big in China excerpt over there.  It's about our family…

Bay Area doings: West Coast Live, Mrs. Dalloways, Hi Dive, Booksmith. Come on down...

Photo by George Lange Busy Weekend in the Bay Area for me and Big in China. Today, Saturday, 10-12 PCT Saturday: West Coast Live. Mrs. Dalloways, Berkeley 4 pm. Party at Hi Dive at 7 pm. Sunday: Booksmith on Haight, SF…

Bob Edwards and more radio tales

I am off to be interviewed by Bob Edwards, which is exciting. I only wish Red Barber could join us on air. My first big interview for the book was last Thursday on Wisconsin Public Radio for an hour-long live radio program; I was the only…

What a A Week

Big in China is a week old. I am writing this on a plane to LA, embarking on the West Coast leg of the Big in China tour. Almost a week after the book’s release, I finally have a moment to breathe. The experience has been profoundly moving,…

Big in China Excerpt 2 - Them Changes

From Chapter 19My day-to-day existence was being transformed, with the band moving from a fun little side project into a far more central place in my life. This all felt normal in Beijing, where growth and change were the only constants and…

Big in China Excerpt 1 - Through the Looking Glass

With the release of Big in China now just one week away, I will be presenting some short excerpts. First up is Through the Looking Glass, taken from Chapter 3, Across the Great Divide. As always, feedback is welcome. Happy reading.Through the…

Woodie Alan Poster - the one that got us started

My friend Keary Liu took this picture at our very first gig with our real lineup, featuring Zhang Yong and Lu Wei and then I asked her to make this poster. It was the first, important step towards promoting the band outside of our little expat…

More readings added

...And the beat goes on. Seattle, Coral Gables, Berkeley. Please check in and check them out. Facebook listings Click here. AlanPaul.net: Click here.