Zhuangzi and New York

It is said in the bad old days, New York City mafia only charges small businesses 3 to 5% for helping frighten away business competitions so that nobody would open a similar business right across the street from you—3% for doing the job and an extra 2% if bribing officials is involved. That doesn’t sound … Continue reading Zhuangzi and New York

Fireworks

Why is it called 'fireworks', not 'firespectacle' or 'firefestival'? One can't reason with English. Fireworks seems to be a word more appropriate for a stove fire to cook meals or a furnace fire for porcelain—fire is called upon to work to produce products just like the way humans are employed. Of course you can say … Continue reading Fireworks