And The City Swallowed Them

In Deca Originals

By the time Charlotte Wood walked home—if you could call it home—it was light out and already hot. Six a.m.: Much of Shanghai’s foreign population was fast asleep. But the Chinese are early risers, and on the streets around her, the city had begun to wake. Vendors hawked breakfast snacks from wheeled carts: strips of golden-brown fried dough, sticky rice balls filled with pork floss, steaming soy milk sealed in flimsy plastic cups. Merchants unveiled their wares in small shops crammed with towering piles of fruit, on humble blankets laden with onions and . . .

 

 

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Mara Hvistendahl is a contributing correspondent at Science magazine and the author of Unnatural Selection, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Mara has written for The Atlantic, Harper’s, Scientific American, Popular Science, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy. A longtime correspondent in China, she now lives in Minneapolis.