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CityWeekend Covers AO’s Taxidermy Efforts

Yesterday morning, I exploded with glee when I realized our Pyongyang Too book had been covered in the wonderful Drawn & Quarterly — a whopping year ago! Now if that wasn’t good enough, yesterday was also the release of the new issue of CityWeekend magazine, their back page a very fun article devoted to WooLand, me, and taxidermy! Nice!!! Thanks, CW!

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Last Few Days The Taxidermy Diaries 

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Last Few Days

The taxidermy school days ended as they began: just plain weird. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams On day seven, Teacher Liu defrosted four squirrels, patchy black and white rodents frozen together in a block of ice.  They looked a little like they were caught spooning in an ice storm.  But…

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Days Four to Six The Taxidermy Diaries 

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Days Four to Six

Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams Mr Zhou’s a generous man. He loves to hand out smokes. As Michelle and I were working on our sheep heads, he shoved pre-lit cigarettes in our mouths. “Smoke,” he insisted, in his thick northern accent, then pounded from the room. There we were: fags…

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Day Three The Taxidermy Diaries 

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Day Three

Day One started with flaying a dog, and Day Two started with flaying a baby dog. So when day three started with Teacher Liu saying, over breakfast, “I think you’ll do a sheep’s head today,” I cheered with glee. I almost spilled my bowl of fresh soy milk & nescafe. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last…

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Second Day The Taxidermy Diaries 

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Second Day

That first day was a trial. We’d flayed a dog’s legs, and worked the bones from the feet.  But that was nothing compared to the second. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams “We’ve got two squirrels for you this morning,” Teacher Liu said at breakfast.  I was thrilled — a squirrel…

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The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The First Day The Taxidermy Diaries 

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The First Day

“Was he killed?” asked Xiao Li, as he was carefully slicing around the ear, trying to get at the tendon inside. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams “No,” said Teacher Liu.  “He just died a few days ago.” “Died of what?” “I don’t know.  Don’t ask me.” “He must have died…

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Off to Taxidermy School The Taxidermy Diaries 

Off to Taxidermy School

Woo and I have long shared a love of stuffed animals, so it’s time to make it true. This morning, we’re driving off to Songzhuang Artists Village with two lads from Harbin for a 10-day taxidermist training workshop. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams A couple of Woo’s preview snaps, from…

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