Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 12:12 PM
In which your correspondent interviews Muzi Mei (木子美), and manages to escape with his virtue intact.
Muzi Mei (aka muzimei, Mu Zimei, and mu zi mei, real name Li Li) rose to a brief but far-reaching notoriety in the summer and fall of 2003. Writing from Guangzhou, she kept a blog where she described sexual encounters with various men, including a well known rock musician.
Her online diary stirred up an Internet frenzy which got the attention of the print media, but she was soon thrown off the gossip pages of the tabloids, apparently after the circulation of an offical letter calling for such media coverage to end.
She now works for Bokee.com, a Chinese blog-based Internet company, where she works on podcasts. She is not writing online any more, but is producing a series of her own podcasts, including one episode where she recorded the entire process of a quickie from the time that her lover rang the doorbell to her final goodbye: half an hour (link below).
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