I finished reading American Shaolin last night, and I must say that I enjoyed it thoroughly. I won't review it here as I don't want to shoot my bolt before the "El Grupo" meeting at which we are to discuss it.
I've noticed this morning that Matther Polly the author has posted some videos of his time at the temple to YouTube here. These are well worth a look in light of the book.
There's also a video of Polly being interviewed on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
I had wondered what had happened to Ferguson after he wrote and starred in two movies (The Big Tease and Saving Grace) that I really liked, then I'll Be There which I missed even though it was set in Wales; seems he went to America to seek his fortune.
Next stop in my Shoalin research is to find a Hunan restaurant in London and see if I can't rustle up some baijiu.