Thursday, December 15, 2005

Wow, they're still coming

Carrie writes:
Alan-I happen to agree w/ you - so far
Foreign Exchange tops them all. btw-am I okay Monday w/o car seats?


Do people back there use car seats? I forgot all about them. Can't we just have all the kids sit on each other's laps?

Meanwhile, Delaware Dave finally weighs in, seemingly in a battle with Amy Mindell for sheer volume and productivity.

Litao Mai, our friend in Maplewood and out first Chinese teacher, suggested North Capital Mensch and was quite offended that I didn't list her suggestion. It doesn't have quite the same zing as Fu man Jew, though. I think it might in Mandarin. She picked right up on the general vibe of things around here, though:
No recognition on my suggestions on your column on your blog? My feelings are hurt. Heh heh heh...

Meanwhile, Delaware Dave can't get on blogspot from work. The hospital must be taking blocking cues from the Great Firewall of China.

He comes out firing, though, with lots of inside jokes, Tom Waits references and more. Read all the way to the bottom. you don't want to miss Dum dum eats Dim Sum. Consider switching to decaf, Dave.

OK I feel compelled to chime in. Christiana has 86'd your blog spot from my internet access as of late. Back on today for some reason. Since I'm chiming in late I'll try and outdo everyone with volume:

China Doll (wake up your)
China Palace
China Grove
China Groove
Fine China
Chinese Algebra
China Syndrome
Harder than Chinese Algebra
Chinese Checkers
General Al's Chicken
Chopsticks and Pen Licks
From Hot Licks to Chopsticks
Oriental Ramblings
A Fat Man on the Mainland
Meanderings from the Mainland
Soaking up the Sojourn
From Yinz to Yangs
From Yinz to Yao. How I grew up in Squirrel Hill but raised my kids in China
Hoops, Hops and Hotels: 3years on the road
In search of Yoa Ming. How to make your head ring.
Walls, Stalls, and Balls. In search of the real China
In the shadow of the wall, an american's view of China
Lo mein, Yoa Ming, and High Main- Living as a Jew in China
Ain't no Chinese Take out here
An Occidental mind-meanderings of a western journalist in an eastern world
Al in Asia or All in Asia
Euthanasia, Anesthesia and Al in Asia
Tuesday Morning Football.Ramblings of a Steeler Fan in Bejing
Football with breakfast and other tales from the east
Back in Bejing
Dum Dum eats Dim Sum
Thoughts from the pagoda


Amy writes:

If we cant have The Return of Fat Al then I vote for any of Dave Wells, even tho it's not a vote.
I was trying to come up with something while walking the dog this morning. Everything I came up with sounded like a Graham Greene novel. Which upon further reflection and research, make some pretty cool suggestions.
To wit (my coments in parens) his partial bibliography. Now just dont' tell me he's some kind of crazy nazi guy, too.
1925 Babbling April. ("Babbling Al"?)
1929 The Man Within. (catchy!)
1930 The Name of Action. (yup) London:Heinemann; New York:Doubleday
1931 Rumour at Nightfall. London:Heinemann; New York:Doubleday
1932 Stamboul Train. London:Heinemann;
1932 Orient Express (un-huh. I think I"m gonna win!) New York:Doubleday
1934 It’s a Battlefield. London:Heinemann; New York:Doubleday
1934 The Old School. London: Jonathan Cape
1935 England Made Me (Pittsburgh Made Me?) London:Heinemann; New York:Doubleday
1935 The Bear Fell Free. London: Grayson
1936 Journey Without Maps. (THis would be great) London:Heinemann; New York:Doubleday
1936 A Gun For Sale. (nope.) London:Heinemann; This Gun for Hire New York:Doubleday
1939 The Lawless Roads. London:Heinemann; New York: Viking Press
1939 The Confidential Agent.(Your mom would flip out with this one) London:Heinemann; New York: Viking Press
1940 The Power and the Glory. (uh-huh) London:Heinemann; The Labyrinthine Ways New York: Viking Press
1946 The Little Train. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode; New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard
1947 Nineteen Stories. London:Heinemann; New York: Viking Press
1948 The Heart of the Matter. London:Heinemann; New York: Viking Press
1948 Why do I Write? (This has lept to the top o'the list) London: Percival Marshall; New York: British Book Centre
1950 The Third Man. London:Heinemann; New York: Viking Press
1950 The Fallen Idol. London:Heinemann; New York: Viking
1951 The Lost Childhood and Other Essays. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode; New York: Viking Press
1951 The End of the Affair. London:Heinemann; New York: Viking Press
1953 The Living Room. London:Heinemann; New York: Viking Press
1955 The Quiet American. London:Heinemann; New York: Viking Press
1957 The Spy’s Bedside Book London: Rupert Hart-Davis
1958 Our Man in Havana. (obviously. duh) London:Heinemann; New York: Viking Press
1959 The Complaisant Lover. (we'll let BB nix this) London:Heinemann; New York: Viking Press
1961 A Burnt-Out Case. (yup). London:Heinemann; New York: Viking Press
1961 In Search of a Character: Two African Journals. London: Bodley Head; New York: Viking Press
1963 A Sense of Reality. London: Bodley Head; New York: Viking Press
1967 May We Borrow Your Husband? And Other Comedies of the Sexual Life. London: Bodley Head; New York: Viking 1969 Collected Essays. London: Bodley Head; New York: Viking Press
1969 Travels with My Aunt. London: Bodley Head; New York: Viking Press
1971 A Sort Of Life. London: Bodley Head; New York: Simon and Shuster
1973 The Honorary Consul. London: Bodley Head; New York: Simon and Schuster
1974 Lord Rochester’s Monkey. London: Bodley Head; New York: Viking Press
1978 The Human Factor. London: Bodley Head; New York: Simon & Schuster
1980 Ways of Escape. London: Bodley Head; New York: Simon & Schuster
1983 Yes and No. London: Bodley Head;
1984 Getting to Know the General: The Story of an Involvement. London: Bodley Head; New York: Simon & Schuster
1985 The Tenth Man. London: Bodley Head and Anthony Blond; New York: Simon & Schuster
1992 A World of My Own. London: Reinhardt Books dream diary


Art, aka Mr. Loud, is not done yet, either:

"When In Rome . . ."
"Expatriate THIS!"
"Going Native"
"Osmosis in Exile"
"Foreign Correspondence" NOT correspondent...
"Tumble Weed Wayfarer"
"The Migrant Capitalist"
"Migrant Observer"
"This Ain't Epcot"
"You can't dig a hole to here"
"What is the difference between Racism and Ethnocentric Monoculturalism"
"Long Distance Living"


Suburban Detroit is on fire, apparently. Aunt Judy is back for more.

1. Yangtze Yankee
2. E (Expat) Male Or E Male
3. Expat Mail
4. A Jersey (or New York) Yankee in __________’s court. (Name of Chinese Premier which I don’t know off hand)