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Gady Epstein

New York, NY
Media Editor — The Economist

Media Editor, The Economist, writing on TV, film, newspapers, music, gaming and other media worldwide. Formerly China.

The Curse of Forbes — A Chinese novelist depicts a dicey lot for the rich on our list. From the outset of Wang Gang's new Chinese novel, The Curse of Forbes, it is clear that rich people will not fare well. We learn right away that the protagonist, Feng Shi, is, "like so many rich people," perennially in debt.

Will Facebook Follow Zuckerberg To China? Inevitably

Darkened Screen: Constraints on Foreign Journalists in China — Join PEN America, the Overseas Press Club, and former China news correspondents for an illuminating conversation about the challenges - from intimidation of sources to withheld visas - facing foreign correspondents and their media organizations trying to report from inside the world's most populous country.

Box baron | 1843 — In the history of television, there has never been so much of it. Last year 417 original shows were broadcast on American television alone, 200 more than five years earlier. Many of them are formulaic dross. But there has also never been so much brilliant television as we have now.

Whose Century Is It, Anyway? — This live recording of Sinica at the Little Park restaurant in New York City on July 13 features the journalists Mary Kay Magistad and Gady Epstein discussing the increasingly complex "frenemyship" of China and the United States.

Beijing | 1843 — stay in the centre. Beijing is a sprawling city and the traffic can be grim. The hutongs, or alleyways, in the Gulou and Dongsi neighbourhoods are great for walking, with good restaurants (try Susu for top-notch Vietnamese fare) and quirky hotels in converted courtyards (of which Courtyard 7 Hotel is the best).

Mayor not excused from duty on jury — Like pretty much everyone else sitting with him in a Baltimore courtroom Friday, Juror No. 21 had one thought in mind: "I was hoping to be struck early." But it turns out, even Mayor Martin O'Malley can't get out of jury duty. Not only was he picked for a jury Friday, he was named the foreman.

Shanghaied - Forbes — How do you say "irrational exuberance" in Chinese? Two years ago investors had no use for Jilin Aodong Medicine Industry Group or the Liaoning Cheng Da Co., two of the many clunker state-owned companies with publicly traded shares. The shares change hands on the Shenzhen and Shanghai exchanges, respectively.

Psst! Wanna Buy Harvard? — S ome schools are named for presidents. Others take the name of their founders. Harvard, though, is named for some rich guy. For œ779 in books and property, John Harvard unwittingly bought himself immortality. The College was for sale in those days--at least its name was.

Chinese reforms yet to register at local levels — Law: The Chinese constitution guarantees both individual and property rights - on paper. BEIJING - In this city of continuous demolition and construction, Huang Zhenyun was just another person fighting for his family home, until China's top propaganda outlets decided to make him a hero.
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Oct 20, 2016

OK, no chance of me finishing this week's Economist. We should stop publishing for a month like The Onion suggested.

Oct 20, 2016

Our cover this week isn't about Trump. Not exactly, anyway. It's about Putin and the threat posed by Russia:

Oct 20, 2016

I followed this account for the film commentary but I stay for creepy Trump-themed GIFs like this. (Hands are too big in this one though)

Oct 20, 2016

Stephen Hawking: "The rise of powerful AI will be either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity." 

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