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BOOK REVIEW

Joy and the Ability to Fly

Blogging with bitter irony about public executions, trade in human organs,melamine poisoning and “Bullshit Taxes.”

AI WEIWEI’S BLOG: WRITINGS, INTERVIEWS AND DIGITAL RANTS, 2006–2009. Text by Ai Weiwei. Edited and translated by Lee Ambrozy. Published by the MIT Press, Cambridge, 2011. Softcover with black-and-white illustrations, 320 pages. Photography by Alis Atwell for ArtAsiaPacific.

Ai Weiwei—artist, architect, political activist and son of the late Ai Qing, modern China’s Walt Whitman—has left a harrowing silence in the public domain since his disappearance.

While “obeying” grey-area laws regarding the…

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