Good Riddance, Monsieur Epstein

A Sinica Podcast

The hosts of the Sinica Podcast are not surprised that Gady Epstein is moving on. We used to buy the papers for his “Telegrams from the Orient”, but then he took that Economist gig and his productivity plummeted and it has become hard to even remember what his writing is like anymore. “When are you going to come out with something new,” we’d needle him over Chinese Twitter, only to be met with the vague insistence that he was “working on something,” or “rushing to press,” and “stop bothering me please.” And then not a single byline for months...

Given this track record, it may be surprising that we even have him back on the show, but we figured it might help kick Gady out of his rut, and maybe also work as a sort of therapy session in which we try to get into the mind of one of the China Greats. Also, beyond discussing his future plans and long history of covering China, we also wanted to know what he’s learned on the beat and where in his opinion one can find the best Sichuan food in Beijing.