Mostly Offline, ’til January 5, 2009

As much as possible, Shanghai Scrap is a reported blog. That is to say, as much as possible, I try to avoid opinionating in favor of reporting and photography. Of course, reporting means getting out, traveling, seeing things, talking to real people. But over the next several weeks I won’t be doing much of that as I finish a long-term book project. My world, for better or worse, is going to be my writing desk, and that is not conducive to Scrap-style blogging.

So, with some reluctance, I’m placing Shanghai Scrap on hold for the next 3.5 weeks. It’s not so long, really, and anyway, it’s the holidays (and you, dear reader, should be out riding in a sleigh, and not reading blogs). Just to be clear: I’m not disappearing, and Shanghai Scrap will return after the New Year’s holiday, on January 5. Until then, and as always, you can reach me via the Contact Form.

In the meantime, get your China blogging fix over at danwei. Then, sit back and enjoy my friend Mara Hvistedahl‘s superbConscience of a Nationalist” over at The New Republic.