At the end of October I visited China for the first time and I wanted to write a post about it. So I guess this is that post. I was there to participate in the first - year zero - edition of the Pingyao international film festival. I’ve already written reports for Sight and Sound and Film Bulletin and Il Manifesto, about the festival itself. And I wrote a piece on the politics surrounding China in the time I was there for Tim Marshall’s The What and the Why website. But I wanted to do something more personal. All of the observations that I found interesting but don’t quite fit in with those particular forums.
These blog posts have been desultory to say the least. Though a word like desultory can’t exactly be thought of as the elast. I think I need to rethink the idea of the blog and use it more as a public diary, a blog if you will, rather than anything grander. After all, if I get an idea to write something specific, I like to pitch it to a publication and preferably get paid for it. So consider this paragraph a mission statement for the rest of the blog posts going forward.
John Bleasdale is a writer. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, Il Manifesto, as well as CineVue.Com and theStudioExec.com. He has also written a number of plays, screenplays and novels.