I imagine this collection as a watercolor painted by Borges - little surprise considering that the essays are largely dealing with Chinese themes and that the author translated Borges into English.
An Elemental Thing is the perfect title for the book. It breaks apart the common reality into separate pieces, which contain no plot but beauty that, in a sense, surpasses any plot, because the universe doesn't have one. So don't air, sunset and love. They simply are.
In our world of commercialized and predictable clones, this book is a unique creation.