Chester Gilbert, a Wuxi Expat journalist, says he loves nothing more than a jolly good fairy tale.
"If forced to choose between playing a video game, watching a moving picture, going to a live play, watching automobile races, participating in an orgy with local girls, getting drunk, having experiences, streaking down Zhongshan Road, reading the Poolside Harry Moore, going to a Pub, reading the latest news, watching a sporting competition, riding in a open-air vehicle with a pretty girl by my side, making fun of continental Europeans, laughing at Italians, speculating about what English people do at boarding schools or eating a vegemine sandwich, I would say toss them all and tell me a jolly good fairy tale!" said Chester to the WCE blog.
Asked why he felt this way, Gilbert said "For one thing, all those other activities are over-rated. Reality is often a fraud. Ordinary things are more valuable than extraordinary things. I trust old wives’ fables to old maids’ facts. The things I believed and enjoyed most when I was young, are the things I most enjoy and believe now: fairy tales. They seem to me to be entirely reasonable things. They are not fantasies but sheer common sense. And I don’t need to lose my senses, to enjoy myself! It is more interesting to me to hear tales of fairies that dance in the grass than to hear about people smoking grass or doing it in the grass!"