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Becoming Madame Mao
Becoming Madame Mao
From the best-selling author of RED AZALEA, this extraordinary novel tells the stirring, erotically charged story of Madame Mao Zedong, the woman almost universally known as the 'white-boned demon,' whom many hold directly responsible for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution. Bringing her lush psychological insight to bear on the facts of history, Min penetrates the myth surrounding this woman and provides a "convincing, nuanced portrait of a damaged personality" (Entertainment Weekly) driven by ambition, betrayal, and a never-to-be-fulfilled need to be loved. With all the compressed drama and high lyrical poetry of great opera, BECOMING MADAME MAO is a "remarkable accomplishment . . . Madame Mao is finally given her own voice" (Ha Jin).

Many writers have engaged in the project of rescuing female figures from history, but few have tackled such an unsympathetic character as Anchee Min does in her historical novel Becoming Madame Mao. Known as the White Boned Demon during her reign of terror in China, Madame Mao was blamed for countless bloody and vengeful executions; she sought out those who had wronged her in the past and wiped them off the face of the earth. Eventually she was reviled in China and executed, even as her husband was revered as a hero.
Before her stint as Mao's first lady, Jiang Ching, as she was then known, was an actress, a singer, and a star in Communist films. Anchee Min grew up in Red China and watched Jiang Ching from afar; she was fascinated by her for many years, by tales of her independence and strength, and by images of her beauty. In a way, the great villain and demon was a role model for Anchee Min, and her teenage devotion is the engine of her remarkable novel. Moving back and forth between stories of the actress and the evil dictator, Min complicates the Madame Mao of history.
As a girl, Madame Mao narrowly escaped having her feet bound. The book opens with graphic descriptions of this process and of the ensuing infection that freed her. But if her feet were not bound, her spirit was. Reared by a mother who was the last concubine of a rich man, and a father who liked to hit his girls with shovels, Madame Mao as a young girl felt herself doomed: "I see my father hit Mother with a shovel. It happened suddenly. Without warning. I can hardly believe my eyes. He is mad. He calls Mother a slut. Mother's body curls up. My chest swells. He hits her back, front, shouting that he will break her bones." The father then goes on to treat his daughter the same way. Decades later, when Madame Mao manifests deep brutality, Min seems to be saying that what goes around comes around. Flawed by a clumsy structure that vacillates between third and first person arbitrarily, Becoming Madame Mao is nevertheless an immensely interesting work--defiant, morally ambiguous, and difficult to put down. --Emily White

From the best-selling author of RED AZALEA, this extraordinary novel tells the stirring, erotically charged story of Madame Mao Zedong, the woman almost universally known as the 'white-boned demon,' whom many hold directly responsible for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution. Bringing her lush psychological insight to bear on the facts of history, Min penetrates the myth surrounding this woman and provides a "convincing, nuanced portrait of a damaged personality" (Entertainment Weekly) driven by ambition, betrayal, and a never-to-be-fulfilled need to be loved. With all the compressed drama and high lyrical poetry of great opera, BECOMING MADAME MAO is a "remarkable accomplishment . . . Madame Mao is finally given her own voice" (Ha Jin).

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2009-06-19 23:48:55 -Ausdone. #170
2009-06-19 23:48:55 -Ausdone. #170
Started the day at 6:30am with JC by going to the mall before 7 and getting in line to grab the new iPhone 3G S. I really hoped it would just be hype and no one would be there. I was wrong. Funny enough we actually benefited from not doing preregistration. That line was about 3 times longer than the one we were in. We did get our phones, but it wasn't with out some watching of the clock. We were supposed to be meeting in the lobby of the hotel at 8:30 to go to breakfast. It was about 8:30 when we left the mall and I hit Chris up to push everything back. a bit. After some quick packing, a fast shower, and the fastest new phone setup ever we set off for some grub. Magnolia was the spot again and most of us chose to try the breakfast tacos since they seem to be the thing in Austin. Damn, they were good. Bauer was still at the hotel since he had a late night hanging out with Chase and Aaron. We scooped him up, checked out and decided to head downtown to check out Mellow Johnny's, Lance Armstrong's Bike shop. Pretty much from the second you drive up on the shop your mouth is hanging open and when you go inside it gets no better. Wow what a shop. My favorite part of the shop had to be all of the history from bikes and the 7 Tour de France Jerseys on display. When we went down stairs there were even more of Lance's bikes and some more jersey from great riders, like Alberto Contador for example. We spent about 45 min. checking out the shop and picked up some goodies. It was really cool to see them actually having some of our stuff since it isn't a BMX shop at all. But the fixed gear crowd love our plastic Twisted pedals just as much as the BMX crowd does. We left our cards for the shop manager to let them know we stopped through and loved the place then we took off. Driving around at random was a big theme any time JC was at the wheel and that theme continued through today. We spent a lot of time going no where. That eventually lead to food talk and deciding to go to Rudy's BBQ. This place was cool. Every one of their restaurants is teamed up with a gas station. When you go inside there a tubs full of drinks, a real simple meat based menu and a camera that shows the cooks cutting the meat up the ready it for serving. We put in our group order and quickly walked off with the food and a loaf of bread. The loaf of bread is another one their things. It is a great way to devour some meat. Meat, slice of bread, BBQ sauce, some pickles and go! We all loved this place and is def. a must visit if you are ever in Austin. Not only was the food good at Rudy's they had the option of regular or crushed ice at the soda fountain and they had this amazing hand washer. One run, about 12 seconds, in this thing and your hands just tingles with an amazing and invigorating feeling. Sweet hand washer for sure. After the food we headed to Chase and Aaron's place to film a video bike check with our iPhone for the Sunday! site. Aaron was away picking up his Rukus from the shop. By the time he got back it was already time for JC to head to the airport. JC took off and it was up to Jim and I to get Aaron to assemble his bike so we could do the check. It ened up working out fine so keep an eye out for that on the Sunday site. We all hung out on the front porch of their house for a while visting, and waiting to head out for our plane. Tah stopped through and we all just shot if for a while, picture above. Jim and I rode Aaron and Chase's Rukus' a lot. I even managed to wreck Aaron's right of the shop scooter in the front yard. Nothing was hurt, no big deal, just a shirt change. Those scooter are so much fun. Can't wait to pick one up. About 4:30 we decided to go grab a sandwich at Thunder Cloud and head to the airport. Aaron came a long to eat and we said our good byes. On the way to the airport we saw this crazy SUV with these gnarliest knock off that stuf out almost a foot. Seemed so illegal. Then we saw a car with the same wheel. Either way, looked lame and dangerous, haha. We made it to the airport, nothing too crazy. Plane was a bit delayed, but only about 15 minutes. On the plane I had this crazy Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookie on the plane that Chris recommended. I also spent most of the flight shooting photos out the window of the most insane cloud formations that you could feel the pilots avoiding if possible. We ended up making it back pretty much on time. Way better than JC who last I know was stuck in Detroit. Rachael picked me up and I drove the car home from Jeff Z's place since Rachael need to be dropped off to hang with Z's wife. I came home and have been spending most of the night catching up on this and that and dialing in my new phone while catching up on recorded shows. I had such a great time in Austin, I am pretty sure we all did. Totally one of my favorite places and I can't wait to go back. There are ton's of photos of everything I talked about above and from
A Place to Bury Strangers @ le Bowery Ballroom
A Place to Bury Strangers @ le Bowery Ballroom
it was monster deal to get to this show... i left my ID at the hotel, still in my flight itinerary, and lucky enough i remembered it before I hit the turnpike... i got into habit of parking in West Brooklyn and riding the train in, which always seemed to work perfectly even with the 30 min ride... However, I got off at Canal St. from the 'Q' and realized I had to hike a few blocks to Bowery and Delancy, not to bad I got see Chinatown at night, which it's quite nice. Past a big production shooting outside of a bank, considered trying to get another gig, but passed on the account of my last run-in with the Bowery and the Deerhunter show... This show more than likely paled in comparison to that show... But, I'm glad I went and I would not mind seeing them in a smaller, louder setting. Seriously, I was expecting deafing results... The left foto is a keeper!

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