Book List 2015

Book List 2015

Here’s a list of all the books I read in 2015. (r) indicates a repeat reading. (*) indicates a book that had an especial impact on me. A lot of my reading last year was prompted by my trip through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Truyen Kieu, Vietnam’s national...
Postcard from Saigon – Palaces

Postcard from Saigon – Palaces

When Lee Kuan Yew died recently, part of his legacy was a new form of government. Long before China adopted free market reforms, Lee was the first to demonstrate that capitalism and democracy do not necessarily go hand in hand. In Singapore he created a state in which...
Postcard from Hanoi – Working Landscapes

Postcard from Hanoi – Working Landscapes

On our first weekend in Hanoi we drove to Tam Coc, an area south of the city dominated by enormous limestone karsts. The land they spring from is almost entirely flat, and this only makes them more dramatic; there’s no sense of gradual rise, of hills building up...
Postcard from Hanoi – Street Life

Postcard from Hanoi – Street Life

The streets in Hanoi are not only thoroughfares but also the place where much of the city’s living is done. Much of their noise and activity can be attributed to this: very little seems to happen in private. One of our first challenges when we arrived was to...