William Denning

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Chaos

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Shanghai, 13. Free topic by William Denning1 Comment

Recently in my own time, I’ve been reading the work of Jordan B. Peterson, a Canadian writer, lecturer and professor. His writing on chaos has been distinctly interesting to me when exploring foreign states. “Order,” he writes, “is not enough. You can’t just be stable, and secure, and unchanging, because there are still vital and important new things to be …

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Qiandao Hu (千岛湖)

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 9. Troubles, Shanghai by William DenningLeave a Comment

The difficulties of traveling in China aren’t speaking the language, following the roadsigns, or even finding the most exciting spots. The biggest difficulty is the procurement of information. The most and best information lies mostly on travel blogs and expat forums. This, though, adds a sense of adventure to traveling in China. Each trip has a number of game elements …

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Bordertown

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 8. Bubble, Shanghai by William Denning1 Comment

This weekend, I was eating dinner at Bordertown, one of two good Mexican restaurants in Shanghai. What we love most is the guacamole which we describe as ‘good for China’. The phrase has become commonplace when describing Western food in the city. Sometimes, it’s excellent, even for the states. You’ve never had a burger unless you’ve gone to Beef and …

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The Dog

In The Art of Travel Spring 2018, 6. First Book, Shanghai by William Denning1 Comment

Every once in a while, you’ll come across a piece of work—a book, a painting, maybe even a map or a piece of music—that will suddenly make sense of a cacophony around you that you didn’t even know was there. It brings into focus an unknown static, files away and categorizes thoughts of an environment undecipherable. Jack Livings’ short story …

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Surveillance

In 4. Politics, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Shanghai by William Denning1 Comment

With the technology in Shanghai everything is simply easier. Leaving the house becomes irrelevant with the popularization of super apps, such as WeChat. WeChat has everything you could possibly need in terms of life in China. It streamlines all of the processes which can be streamlined. Payment, food delivery, even dating. Using it makes me weary of returning to the …

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Fear

In 3. Communicating, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Shanghai by William DenningLeave a Comment

Haunted by ideas alongside bell hooks’ ‘imperialist nostalgia’, my time in Shanghai has been categorized by a deliberate out-of-the-way-ness. As an alien to the space, I feel that my participation and disruption in Shanghai is the American travelers largest sin. Interfering feels as if my own impeding culture, even my own white-ness is somehow sinful. As a student of post-colonial …