Sunday, April 22, 2007


Top ten books listed by members of, a Chinese site for readers:

  1. Wang Shuo - "My Thousand-Year Chill" (Ramblings by Beijing intellectual badboy and blowhard.)
  2. Jack Kerouac - "On The Road" (New translation by prominent but aging scholar Wang Yongnian.)
  3. Xu Zhiyuan - "The Mournful Youth" (Peking University graduate, LifeMagazine editor, One-way Street Library founder and blogger writes about his youth as a member of China's Generation Y.)
  4. Umberto Eco - "Baudolino" (Translated by Yang Mengzhe.)
  5. Tian Yuan - "Double Mono" (Beijing author, HK actress, 跳房子 lead singer, and blogger/MySpacer writes about love, youth and self-discovery.)
  6. Zeng Zimo - "Ink Marks" (Beijing-born Phoenix TV host, Harvard grad and once-Morgan Stanley New York office analyst's auto-bio is paired with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina's book for's "Buy Together" feature.)
  7. Kenya Hara - "Design of Design" (Muji's Creative Director and director of the Nippon Design Center; translated from Japanese by Zhu E; original title was デザインのデザイン)
  8. Cai Kangyong & Kele Wang - "Those Things I Learned From Boys" (Taiwanese TV host joins poet and illustrator for 30 stories about boys.)
  9. Yu Dan - "Analects of Zhuangzi" (Prof of classics and media studies at Beijing Normal University interprets the ancients for the post-moderns.)
  10. Hong Huang - "A Pointless and Perfect Life" (Ramblings by Beijing aristocrat, controversial publisher and (yes, another) blowhard.)

Makes sense, given that the site was popularized through grassroots efforts starting in Beijing.


At Apr 24, 2007, 6:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said:


I am a collector of Jack Kerouac books and this includes copies of 'On the Road' in translation. Do you know of a website (in English sorry!) where I can purchase a copy of the Chinese transaltion by Wang Yongnian?

Sydney Davies

At Apr 25, 2007, 12:51:00 PM, Blogger Micah Sittig said:

Sorry, I only know a few Chinese sites. Maybe I could help you order it? Send me an e-mail if you're interested,


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