Tag: marco polo

What dragon on the spine?

I was down at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore yesterday, signing the next load of Silk and Song, and Julie said how much she liked the dragon on the spine. I said what dragon on the spine? This dragon on the spine! No one has ever built me a book like this before so it never…

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Rugs, ropes and rivets.

What do you want? Need? Make? Sell? Buy? Whatever your answer is, the Silk Road’s oasis towns have a market with your name on it. The guy below? He’s making rivets out of tiny pieces of metal he has cut into triangles. He pushes one corner of the triangle into a hole in the mold…

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It’s a deal.

In the Kashgar livestock market. The guy in the tall hat is the broker, the guys on either side the seller and buyer. The tallest guy is always the broker, we were told. And evidently, if they aren’t tall enough the hat can make up the difference. Which I will be signing at 2pm on…

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The silk in Silk Road.

Allow me to introduce you to a silk merchant in the market at Kuche. Yes, those materials were just as blinding to the eye as they are to the camera lens. As she was displaying her wares to us, the muzzein sounded the call to prayer. She held up a hand, laid aside her silks,…

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