Tuesday, June 25, 2013

News at Eleven: A heroin smuggler nicknamed Dead Chang

wants to borrow Liao [Yiwu]'s atlas in preparation for his next life as a wandering ghost. Dead Chang got lost too many times in his present life, and wishes to visit his favorite haunts after he is dispatched with a bullet to the neck. Being told by this condemned man that they might meet again in the next world, Liao finds that his "limbs were quivering." Dead Chang asks him whether he is O.K., and "let out a sinister laugh. The deep crease between his eyebrows seemed to have opened up like a mouth, ready to swallow me."

from The New Yorker: Prison of the Mind


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