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Blog Archive April 2010

The Year of Living Dangerously

2010 is that year in Thailand.

 

There is a Thai expression which goes like this: ???????? /mik-ka-san-yee.

This is a way of recalling a time of chaos and unrest. Life turns upside down, the world spins out of control, and emotions are running high. Uncertainty and danger are dance partners crossing the floor in front of our eyes.

 

mik-ka-san-yee is used to talk about a mythical era. A time of apocalypse, a time when hidden forces march forward, enveloping the land. mik-ka-san-yee is a distant event that happened long ago, and despite the upheaval the world didn’t end.

 

History is cycles, wheels spinning within wheels. Some might say the mythical time of mik-ka-san-yee has broken free of the ancient past and huddles, waiting in the present.

Posted: 4/30/2010 5:19:10 AM 

 

The Siege of Bangkok

It has been said that the novel is the perfect form to reflect the modern individual’s experience of the world. His take on the interior social, psychological world. In other words, the quality of a novel correlates with the ability of the story, characters, and plot to hold a mirror to the world of full emotional and intellectual experience. If the mirror distorts or warps the experience, the reader may be confused, angry or bored.

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Posted: 4/30/2010 4:35:42 AM 

 

The Grove edition of Asia Hand

A great review for the Grove edition of Asia Hand (July 2010) from Booklist: "Fans of this long-running series will completely enjoy this novel, and it should also be highly recommended to readers of hard-boiled detective fiction, including series set in Bangkok as well as the classic American tough-guy authors (...Raymond Chandler or, more recently, Robert B. Parker)."
—David Pitt, Booklist

Posted: 4/28/2010 11:47:46 PM 

 

Kindle - Tokyo Joe

You can download a copy of my novel Tokyo Joe
from kindle for .99cents. That is for readers with a USA account; those outside the USA pay a surcharge of $2.00 for all kindle books.

http://www.amazon.com/Tokyo-Joe-ebook/dp/B0033AH7PU/ref=sr_1_2_oe_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272004989&sr=1-2

Posted: 4/23/2010 3:07:43 AM 

 

Bio sketch into the making of a writer

In a recent interview I was asked how I became a literary legend in Asia.
Below is my reply

Christopher G. Moore
Bio sketch into the making of a writer

I was a 13-years-old newspaper boy on my route one early morning when a freak snowstorm hit. A car stopped and a small Asian man rolled down the window and asked me if I’d like a ride. At least I think that is what he asked me that morning; I remember that he spoke what sounded like a foreign language. He swung open the car door. It was cold and snowing. I got in. He gave me a cup of hot chocolate to drink. Next thing I woke up in San Francisco. Everything I had was on me that morning. I had lost my small nest egg.

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Posted: 4/22/2010 11:39:40 PM 

 

LAW OF THE JUNGLE

The jungle is a state of mind, a place where tooth and claw and the skill in deploying them decide who wins the battle. The reality becomes divided into black and white. Live or die. Kill or be killed. Demonize the enemy. Crank up the hatred of the ‘other.’ Tribal emotions pulse through the veins, hot and raging, until they boil over. Tear gas, water cannon, life rounds, anti-aircraft guns, batons, sharpened bamboo poles are among the weapons reported in the press since the Saturday 10th April confrontation at the Phan Fah Bridge near Democracy Monument in Bangkok. That night, the jungle mind crept out on all fours and pounced, devouring those in its path. It is almost a week since that night of killing and death. It is still sinking in. The mind tries to wrap around the implications of so much death and injury. Head shots. Chest shots.

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Posted: 4/16/2010 5:12:23 AM 

 

BANGKOK: PROTEST, VIOLENCE AND CHAOS

A lot has happened in Bangkok since Saturday 10th April, a day that will be a defining one for the future political landscape.

 

The political ball remains in play. High in the air, the demands, accusations, recriminations and growing hatred will rain down. Both sides are scrambling in this environment, seeking to press home an advantage.

 

I don't see a space where either side—the government or the Red shirts—will be willing to back down. Each side has far too much at stake, too much to lose. Creditability is the new English word on the streets. What leaders are credible after Saturday? How will they make a case for their constituents, the other side, and the international community? The large number of photographs and video footage on the Internet has made it difficult to spin the facts. Though videos and photographs are open to interpretation and one can be certain each side will have footage to support their claims.

 

Stalemates ultimately breakdown when one side admits defeat. That point hasn't been reached. And stalemates can last a long time. The violence on Saturday, as bad as it was, has not been decisive. Both sides claim the other was the cause. So, at the moment, the politics has become a zero sum game.

 

That is very unThai. Compromise and negotiations have, in past, prevailed as the working model. That isn't happening, at least not at the moment. Too much blood was spilled. The mood on Monday can be defined as: bellicose, ugly with the machinery of hatred and vilification saturating the political space like a mutating virus.

 

Where will the situation and players go next? It is uncharted territory. Frankly no one can predict in the fog of emotions when sanity and rationality will return. You will need a fortuneteller to find an answer to that question.

 

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Posted: 4/12/2010 5:11:09 AM 

 

INFORMATION ASSESSMENT and INFORMATION MONOPOLIES

A common complaint is that there is too much information. Circling your life, online, off-line, floating like a cloud over your head, and it is threatening to rain. It is one thing to get wet, it is another to have your mind scorched by the acid rain of half-truths and lies.

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Posted: 4/9/2010 4:18:27 AM 

 

State of Emergency: Part IV

On Wednesday evening 7th April, a State of Emergency was declared for Bangkok and surrounding areas. This makes the 4th such ‘state’ to be announced by a Thai government since 2008.

 

Apparently there is a legal distinction between a ‘normal’ and ‘serious’ State of Emergency. The prime minister has declared his State of Emergency declaration is in the serious category.

 

The emergencies are coming as often as super sales at the shopping mall. The first three states of emergency were a disappointment. Duds. There was much fury but no storm damage. In other words, nothing much happened. No one could figure out where the emergency was.

 

It is difficult to know whether this ‘serious’ state of emergency will lead to circumstances where violence and repression are more obvious. A number of political pundits are talking about the government imposing censorship on TV, radio and the Internet. The walls of information will close in, narrowing the space to judge events and players.

 

The first casualty is always the truth.

 

The second casualty is the innocence of those who believed their truth would prevail.

Posted: 4/8/2010 5:49:13 AM 

 

Ageing Disgracefully

We all age with some ageing better than others. In the expat community in Bangkok, there are many retirees from the West, Japan, and China among others who have discovered a community of the newly minted aged. In Colin Cotterill’s collection of stories, Ageing Disgracefully takes a humorous and life-affirming look at lives of people who, though considerably advanced in years, are still behaving very, very naughtily.

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Posted: 4/2/2010 3:09:42 AM 

 

March 2010 Crime Buzz

Review by Chris Bilkey

PAYING BACK JACK

 

Christopher G. Moore


I have come late to Christopher Moore's PI novels featuring Vincent Calvino. And that's been my loss.

Moore has lived in Bangkok for twenty years, and it shows. His knowledge of the hidden Bangkok, the crime, the politics and the people shines through. And his writing recalls the gritty noir of Chandler and the intrigue of Le Carre with a dry humour thrown in.

Paying Back Jack is the tenth Calvino novel, and together they represent a rich panorama of east meets west. This time round Calvino is drawn into the murky world of private prisons, political assassination and UN officialdom. Calvino is the hard-boiled successor of Philip Marlowe, a damaged, beaten-down but never beaten protagonist who doesn't know when to quit. The Bangkok he inhabits is full of life, corruption and broken dreams. Moore drags you in to experience all of it.

Whether you try it for the exotic setting, the hard-boiled hero or the intrigue and action, you won't be disappointed. And you'll be back for more!

 

Link: http://newsletters.booktopia.com.au/em/message/email/view.php?id=656972&u=21850

Posted: 4/1/2010 2:16:55 AM 

 

 

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