want to thank you for your friendship and support over
2015. As we head into 2016, it is a good time to reflect
on our lives. My travels have taken to the Jaipur Literary
Festival in January, to Melbourne in February and to Paris
of the lessons expats learn is that travel opens our horizons,
hearts and minds; travel connects us to other cultures,
languages, and histories. It broadens our perspective
about what is important on a global scale and what is
merely important only to our own sense of ‘self’.
my first ten years in Thailand, I left the country every
90 days. It seemed like a pain at the time. In retrospect,
it was the best thing that could have happened to shape
March, the 15th Vincent Calvino novel, Crackdown
was released. It completes a three-book cycle in the Calvino
series that began with Missing
in Rangoon (2013) and The
Marriage Tree (2014). The
Age of Dis-Consent, a book of my essays was published
in January 2015. Also in 2015, Chad Evans’ Vincent
Calvino’s World was published. An Amazon reviewer
summed it up: “If you are a Calvino fan, or even if are
new to the series, I absolutely recommend you read Vincent
Calvino’s World. The book is packed with information
about the Calvino novels, the dual plots, Thai culture,
Thai politics, how Thailand and Calvino have adapted and
changed over the years, and so much more.”
for the Calvino film/television series, I continue to
wait for Godot. That is the nature of the film/TV industry.
Much like how war has been described—mostly boredom, bugs,
and waiting and then all hell breaks loose. I’ll let you
know in 2016 if there is any incoming.
live and write in a place and time that is a challenge
for a writer. But a writer not up to meeting a challenge
isn’t much of a writer or one you wish to spend time reading.
With the Internet, we all suffer from information overload,
a constant, addictive stream of photographs, news, comments,
videos and opinion.
we end the year, it is a good time to examine our lives,
and ask whether we have the balance right or it needs
some fine-tuning. Your friends, family and community appear
to be on your screen. The real ones are in the next room
waiting for a hug, a kiss and a kind word. Shut off the
computer for a couple of hours and take a walk with a
loved one and rediscover the world beyond your timeline.
It’s waiting for you. Don’t be a Godot. Someone is waiting
for that hug. Make it your New Year Wish. I’ve made it
As part book review and thought experiment, I've written
an essay titled The