What Does Literature Have To Say About All This Rain?

Discounting a little drizzle, projected doomsday rains missed most of Beijing proper last night, though other parts of northeast China were not so lucky. Tianjin, which I tend to think of as Beijing’s unkempt armpit about 100 kilometers to the southeast, was hit hard yesterday, and the aftermath on one unfortunate stretch of road is visible above.

There is, of course, the perfect short story for all this, and that story is Steven Millhauser’s “Rain.” It makes for lovely afternoon reading.

Youku video for those in China after the jump.

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