A NEW MOVEMENT SNEAKS
ONTO THE POLITICAL SCENE
There I was with my antique Philips cassette recorder, doing a secret interview in response to a provocative and unsigned note sent from my Contact page.
The man shifted nervously on his feet as he stood next to my rusted Volkswagen Beetle, his face obscured by a knitted scarf.
He was clearly self-conscious about the unstylish face wrapping, and explained apologetically that he hadn’t been able to find any of those Guy Fawkes masks. You know, the ones with that creepy mustached grin.
They’re favored by activists who want to look a little sinister while remaining anonymous. But with all the street protests happening these days, novelty suppliers in China have a hard time keeping up with demand.
“I like your blog,” he said, his voice slightly muffled by the scarf. “Your posts make a lot of sense. And there aren’t too many typos.”
“Thank you,” I replied. “I try to proof my stuff before I put it up.”
“So, I’m giving you first shot at announcing our new political movement.”
“What movement is that?”