Americans rarely contemplate the intrinsic weirdness of Spain. But consider Valencia. Every year they celebrate the Las Fallas Festival, in which large and elaborate satirical statue-tableaux are set afire and burned to ash.
I'm still on the road, so I don't have the time to explicate. But someday I hope to visit that strange land and witness that inexplicable celebration.
For a future novel, I need a source for the literal meanings of Chinese names, both of individuals and of cities. Can anybody here recommend any?