Helping Gennady Aygi
— Some readers have contacted me about wanting to help the Shuvash poet Gennadi Aygi, on whose medical plight I reported earlier this week. I realize however that using the German PEN Club’s method — i.e. wiring money to the bank indicated — is extremely expensive for someone in this country as US banks will charge 20 to 30 dollars for making the wire transfer. I would therefore suggest that those who want to help Aygi wait for a week or so: I am in the process of setting up an alternative & less expensive method of getting help to Aygi. As soon as this is set up I’ll announce it on this blog.
— A Happy New Year & a Great Year of the Dog to all of you! Yesterday & today 144 million Chinese citizens will have used the train system to get to their families. I wish we had a public transport system in this country that could accomplish a similar feat.