Road to–Where?

“Did Fred Madison recreate his past in his mind? Or was he trying to justify his whole life through the avatar of Pete Dayton, almost like a videogame, only more real?” Peter Tieryas Liu considers Lost Highway.

Bullet Cavities

“Selfishly, there’s only one question I want to answer, and it’s the one my wife asks: ‘Is it safe to go to school?'” Gun violence in America hits too close to home for Peter Tieryas Liu.

Murder and Greed in Taiwan

“Two murder cases have run rampant over Taiwanese media, both seemingly straight out of a Tales from the Crypt episode.” Peter Tieryas Liu has the lurid news from across the Pacific.

February 25, 2013
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What Happened to Elisa Lam?

“To make the situation even stranger, the last recorded footage of her alive is viewable on YouTube. It’s from an elevator camera and is as inscrutable as the cause of her death.” Peter Tieryas Liu reflects on a mysterious death in L.A.

September 25, 2012
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Heidegger And The Understory

“One story in particular was especially meaningful to me, ‘The Understory,’ which caused a time warp in my brain back to my university days at Berkeley.” Peter Tieryas Liu gets inspired.

July 17, 2012


“The Electronic Entertainment Expo is the biggest trade show for gaming and a spectacle for the eyes; game companies from all over the world attend to showcase their latest wares.” A photo essay by Peter Tieryas Liu.

May 24, 2012
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Crocodiles, Parasailing, And Poisonous Cobras

“A man teased cobras, ignoring their outraged hisses, even kissing one on the head.” Peter Tieryas Liu and Angela Xu find entertainment in Thailand.

April 27, 2012
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My Search For The Best Mapo Tofu In The World

From childhood to Chengdu, Peter Tieryas Liu traces his favorite dish back to its origins.