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By J. Thomas Rimer

Offers tale outlines, authors' biographies, and counsel for examining fifty chosen works of eastern literature from the classical and sleek sessions.

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I got a few sacks of old clothes as payment. All in all, the trip went pretty smoothly. Whenever we ran into a blockade, you could usually get by with a bribe. It was fairly peaceful on the roads. We came back with a few trucks full of stuff. When we divided the cargo up, I 3. Chuangye shi, a 1960s novel by Liu Qing about the pioneers of socialism in the countryside. A Hero for the Times 17 didn’t have time to open up my sacks to see just what I was getting—just brought it straight back home. That’s when I discovered, fuck me dead, most of it was 70, 80 percent new, and the type of thing that was in fashion at the time!

About the only place we didn’t import beer from was Tibet. The consumer had no choice; if you don’t like the stuff or reckon it’s too expensive, then fuck off ! As for the rest of the country, it was just the opposite— Beijing beer was all over the shop. The trick was that we’d shipped it so far from the capital that no one could afford to bring it back. Don’t forget that outside Beijing it was an expensive, imported beer. You’d have to be a dumb fuck to try buying it all up at those high prices and trucking it back to Beijing, where you’d have to resell it at the low prices fixed by the Beijing Bureau of Commerce.

But they were too fast for me. Before I’d even got my act together, they decided to increase capital investment to keep the factory from going under. That way I couldn’t get my money back and was forced to go along for the ride in the hope that I wouldn’t be completely wiped out. I should just have let it go under—that’s where I made a tactical error. But I wanted to salvage my thirty thousand. 20 C h a i r m a n M a o’s A r k I believed them when they told me they were about to strike an exporting deal and they needed money fast.

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