American Go E-Journal

Go Spotting: Novels “Intuition” & “The Caryatids” Plus “Go Nation”

Saturday June 21, 2014

“Intuition”: “In Allegra Goodman’s novel ‘Intuition’ on page 164 is the line ‘Jacob and Aaron sat playing go on towels in the sand,’” writes None Redmond, though she adds “Not one of her best books I think. I’m a bit bored with it already.” Note: This was previously spotted by Debbie Siemon in 2012: Go Spotting: Allegra Goodman ’s novel “Intuition” 

“The Caryatids”: And in Bruce Sterling’s  science fiction novel ‘The Caryatids,’ David Matson found this line: “Mr. Zeng was not a small-scale, face-to-face killer in the bold way of the warriors that she knew and loved best.  Mr. Zeng was the kind of killer who deployed a nuclear warhead the way he might set a black go-stone on a game board.”

Another reader alerted us to Marc. L. Moskowitz’ book Go Nation:  Chinese Masculinities and the Game of WeiChi in China, published last year by the University of California Press. Moskowitz “explores the fascinating history of the game, as well as providing a vivid snapshot of Chinese Go players today,” according to the UCP write-up. “Go Nation uses this game to come to a better understanding of Chinese masculinity, nationalism, and class, as the PRC reconfigures its history and traditions to meet the future.”

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