remains something of a mystery. What exactly does the
creative process involve? How does it work on a practical
are as many answers as there are people writing about
creativity. I recently read Martin Gayford’s Man With
a Blue Scarf. Gayford is an English art critic. He
sat for English painter Lucien Freud more than a decade
ago and recounts the experience of his shifting roles
alternating between being observed and as observer. In
that tension we glimpse how the creation of a work of
art comes about.
book is an insight into the creative process and for that
reason it is featured in this week’s essay: Man
With a Scarf.
week in Bangkok we experienced more violence and turmoil
on the streets. The clashes between protesters and police
remain dramatic. YouTube and social media captured some
of the moments. But violence in Bangkok remains at a reasonably
low level. The worry is if the violence cascades into
a larger conflict. That is something no one can’t predict.
current drama features a cast of memorable characters
and reminds me of the Parker novels by Richard Stark a.k.a.
Donald Westlake. Parker, the professional thief lives
on the proceeds from well-planned crimes. Occasionally
Parker and his crew plan a heist on an epic scale such
as entire island or stadium of people. Or in this case,
it is as if Parker and his crew have designs on a big
city. The line between professional thief and politician
and crime and politics is a blurry one.
Facebook I asked friends: “Expats that I've been talking
with have started to ask what is your Plan B if the current
level of violence should suddenly spin out of control
in a Thailand. Do you have a Plan B?”
lot of interesting comments followed.
Walker, a Canadian writer and filmmaker went missing on
14th February in Siem Reap. He stepped out his room leaving
behind cell phone, laptop, passport, etc. saying he’d
be back soon. Many of his friends and colleagues are deeply
concerned. I had dinner with Dave in Siem Reap last October.
He was deep into a project interviewing and filming Khmer
Rouge cadre, who told him their stories from the old days.