Wednesday, July 17, 2013

On "A Beijing Feast" by Peter Tieryas Liu (1700 words) ***

I like Pang Nan, the character at the center of this tale. It is, perhaps, a story more centered on him than on the narrator, if it's even a story. Liu's piece reads more like an account of a final interview, but at its heart is the fascinating subject, a filmmaker who is larger than life and who likes it that way. Better to fail disastrously than to wallow in mediocrity. He wants to make a two-hour movie in which nothing happens and then everyone dies, and he does. This is an arthouse guy to the extreme, and while I'd never want to watch one of his movies, hearing him pontificate is interesting indeed. Read the story here at Fox Chase Review.

5 comments:

tieryas said...

Great to find this review of an older story. I remember writing this a couple years ago in Beijing after a particularly long feast that left me feeling like I couldn't eat for a month, lol. Really am enjoying the reviews on the site. Cheers -Tieryas

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