Wheels of Fortune – Peter Hessler

’s latest dispatch in the New Yorker tackles in China. Unfortunately the website only has an abstract which doesn’t come close to capturing Hessler’s descriptive abilities:

Letter from China about the writer’s experiences driving in China. Writer recalls his first car accident in China, claiming it wasn’t his fault. He’d rented a Volkswagen Jetta and driven to his weekend home in Sancha, a village north of Beijing. His neighbor, Wei Ziqi, who’d recently completed a driving course, crashed his car while moving it for him. “I forgot about the front end,” Wei Ziqi said. “During my course, we only drove Liberation trucks. They were flat in front.”

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