I’m up to my knees in the rushing waters of history right now.  Once I climb out, dry off, and have a reviving shot of whiskey or three,  I’ll be back in here in the Margins with new stories.  I promise. Leave the light on for me.

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Books about foreign correspondents in the first half of the twentieth century are popular at the moment, which is a good thing as far as I’m concerned.* I am happily reading them as part of my deep background reading for the current book.  (It’s nice to have a reason to choose one book from the…

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I will admit that I approached historian James Carter’s book Champion’s Day: The End of Old Shanghai with seriously mixed feelings. On the one hand, I spent some time last year reading about the International Settlement in Shanghai in the 1930s while I was working on a piece on self-styled “girl reporter” Peggy Hull  I…

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